The question of mantel versus mantle came up in a book I was editing, and I found myself questioning which was which. As usual, one of the words is a variant on the other and can be used in either situation…if you’re writing about a fireplace!
Anything else will use mantle.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com; Dictionary.com: mantel and mantle|
|Part of Grammar:|
A variant of mantle
|Noun; Verb, intransitive & transitive|
|A wood or stone construction framing the opening of a fireplace and usually covering part of the chimney breast in a more or less decorative manner
A shelf above a fireplace opening
A loose sleeveless cloak or shawl, worn especially by women
[Geology] The portion of the earth, about 1800 miles (2900 km) thick, between the crust and the core
[Of a bird of prey on the ground or on a perch] Spread the wings and tail, especially so as to cover captured prey
|The stockings were hung from the mantel for Santa to fill.
A mantelshelf is a beautiful showcase for trophies.
River rocks and an ancient beam make up the mantel in their mountain home.
The houses were covered with a thick mantle of snow.
She caught up her mantle, swirling it around her shoulders before she stepped out of the house.
Turn up that mantle on the lantern. We need more light.
The second son has now assumed his father’s mantle.
Rule carries the mantles of two clans.
Getting a proper mantle of froth on a Guinness involves a precise process.
When mantling, feeding birds may exhibit other nervous behavior including frequent looks at the surrounding area to scan for intruders or shuffling feet to continually readjust the mantling cover to disrupt views from different directions.
A warm pink mounted to the girl’s cheeks and mantled her brow.
|Noun: mantel shelf, mantelpiece, mantelshelf||Adjective: unmantled
Noun: gas mantle, mantling
|History of the Word:|
|Old English mentel, from the Latin mantellum.
1480-90 as a shortened form of the Middle English mantiltre meaning mantletree, from the earlier mantell, mantelet.
Mid-16th century, as a specialized use of mantle.
Middle English mantel, from the Old English mæntel, which is from the Latin mantellum meaning cloak, reinforced in Middle English by the Old French mantel.
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?