Commonly Confused Word Pairs: Mantel/mantle

November 12, 2009: Issue 314

mantel is the shelf above a fireplace:
Lean three frames against the wall for an easy mantel display.

mantle is a cloak, either literal or figurative:
An embroidered mantle tops off this holiday outfit.
The mantle of regret hangs over us when we don’t catch this misspelling.

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