Why is it (mantel) always misspelled?

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04-28-2010 01:02 AM

Topic tags/keywords: mantel mantle humor

This has been bothering me for quite some time now, so I figured since I’ve been a LJ for almost 100-days, I’d bring it up.

Why does everybody always misspell “mantel” as “mantle”?

Even if you look under the Project tags, it is listed as “mantle”!

Is there anyone else that would like to petition to have this changed, or am I the only one that this bothers?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#1 posted 04-28-2010 01:32 AM

Mantel vs. mantle
Too vs. to
Moot vs mute
Voilà vs. walla

Then there is the never ending use of non sequitur and vague forum titles, e.g.

“Anybody seen this one?”

or even

“Why is it misspelled?” vs “Why is mantle misspelled?”

Get the jist? Er, I mean gist. <grin>

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#2 posted 04-28-2010 01:39 AM

All these years it hasn’t bothered me a bit….but no you had to bring it up. It will just be impossible to enjoy LJ’s until this is fixed! OMG

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#3 posted 04-28-2010 01:40 AM

I have a college degree, and my job requires extensive written communication. But I have to admit this one has been flying under my radar. After reading your comment, I can’t honestly say with any degree of certainty which way I would have spelled it if asked to use the word in a sentence.

There are quite a few commonly misspelled words that raise their ugly heads here from time to time. Recently there was a topic that contained the word “hobbiest” instead of “hobbyist” over and over.

The good news is that I come here for the woodworking…. not the spelling. Some of the finest craftsmen in the world have little or no formal education. As long as they give good advice, I don’t care how they spell it. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-28-2010 01:53 AM

Sorry Dennis! ;)

This was not meant to be a hypercritical, anal rant by any means.

More of a lighthearted, comical post… sort of.

It had just been bothering me for some time now, so thank you for listening to me vent.

I was an English major in college, yet I still make mistakes.

We’re human, thus we err.

And I agree with Charlie in that we’re (hopefully) here, more in a common bond of working with wood, than most other things we may or may not have in common.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 04-28-2010 02:06 AM

Hi Jonathan….................very nice to see you here and you have made it to your 100th day…........I find that misspelled words does not bother me…........I have misspelled or miss-typed a number of words on here myself. ..................don’t sweat the small stuff Jonathan…......I find that there are too many other things in this life to be bothered about other than a misspelled word.


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#6 posted 04-28-2010 02:50 AM

I’m still trying to picture an English major in the workshop! Oh well. Like I’ve always said “Don’t sweat the petty thangs. and don’t pet the sweaty thangs!!”

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#7 posted 04-28-2010 03:19 AM

Yeah, that Mantel was one heck of a ball player.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#8 posted 04-28-2010 03:58 AM

My beef is the word nuclear pronounced nucular. Of course there is no such word. Politicians, scientists, newscasters, G.W. Bush, they all used the incorrect pronunciation. It drives me nuts. When I point it out to people they look at me like there’s something wrong with me. Someone pointed out that to most people it sounds ‘right’. To me it sounds just like when people say, “I don’t gut none”. So, I’ve learned to live with it as most people don’t even hear the difference.

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#9 posted 04-28-2010 04:10 AM

que pasa wit ju wite foks ,
talk funy ,
rite funy ,

language simple ,

here ,

rite .

no problema !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 04-28-2010 04:37 AM

yall can correct me if im wrong but i would guess most people know of a lantern mantle and they would much more often seen that spelled out then a mantel maybe?

-- if you dont have it, build it, especially when its a stupid idea

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#11 posted 04-28-2010 05:36 AM

Who says there is no “R” in Washington?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 04-28-2010 05:40 AM

whod sayed that Bob?

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#13 posted 04-28-2010 05:53 AM

About half the peole saying the word :-)) Including me :-0

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 04-28-2010 05:59 AM

It’s my experience that most people in the US misspell a lot of words and often can’t pronounce some they have spelled correctly. Then there’s geography ….......................
and…...people don’t speak proper like what I do. hehe

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#15 posted 04-28-2010 06:05 AM

I got past this spelling thing on LJ a long time ago. Pretty well every Project you read has spelling errors in it. One of them used the word “the” 3 times in 2 sentences spelled “teh”. PULEEZZZ!!!

Yes. It bothers me but as pointed out before there are other things in LIFE that might be worth getting your Knickers in a Knot about. I visit here to get my Knickers Un-Knotted ….LOL…

Judging by a lot of email I get, some people don’t even want to bother using Spell Check before they send it. Forget Grammar and Capital letters and Paragraphs. The prevailing attitude seeems to be that it’s really not all that important. That to me is a Tad Sad.

Craftsman and I have the same complaint about pronunciation though. It gets me on some of the Home Improvement Shows on TV. The thing on top of your house is not a “RUF” it’s a “ROOF” OO OO OO. The eavestrough is not attached to a “Facer” it’s a “Fascia” “Face-she-uh”. A large upstairs hall is not another “Foy-er” “Foy-a”, Foyer is a French word meaning Entrance or Grand Entrance.

I’m not sure about you folks “Down There” (USA) but little old me up here (Kanada) OOPPSS (Canada) did not particularly care for ….every time I would say “Thank You” usually after buying something, which is a little Obscene in and of itself …. receive the reply “No Problem” what the hell happened to “You’re Welcome”.

Then we have that ever infamous word “Irregardless” and I Love to tell who ever said it …”There ain’t no such word.” and the ensuing discussion. (Some times known as being a “Fecal Disturber”) FUN FUN FUN!!!

GEEZ Jonathan why did you start this thing …LOL… Say something mildly surprizing to someone and you get “SHUTUP!!” That’s apparently been softened to “SHUT THE DOOR!!” EH!?

How cum they dont have no spill chucker on hear????

Okay! That’s it. I’m gunna go reed my Diktionerie for a wile.

Kcir ….....Sorrie… Rick

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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