Tuesday, December 18, 2007
MY PET PEEVE
For years, I've explained to folks that I am a "content" editor, not a copy editor.
I make lots of typos and feel on shaky ground when it comes to the finer points of punctuation.
However, when it comes to spelling, I have a pet peeve.
It's the use of mantle instead of mantel. When I was editing magazines, even writers known for their firm grasp of English usage would sometimes err on this one.
We once photographed a home with a huge professionally painted sign above the fireplace mantel. Mantel was spelled wrong.
Another time, I visited a store named XXXX MANTLES. The shop stocked everything needed to decorate your mantel.
This past week, while touring holiday decorating posts, I noticed dozens of instances when bloggers used the word mantle, when they should have used mantel.
Please don't feel badly, if you're one of the guilty parties. You're in good company.
And, please don't hate me. I don't usually seize the mantle of authority when it comes to the English language. Just consider this post a Public Service Announcement.
In keeping with my Mosaic Madness theme. I have illustrated this post with a gorgeous fireplace surround (below the mantel) created by Brenda Sabbatino.
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Have you seen the mantel of the month at Enchanted Treasures?