Friday, April 25, 2008

Overwrought

A quick public service announcement for those listing things for sale on Ebay, Craigslist, or in the newspaper classified ads. Heads up, also, for those of you who write about decor on your blog or in emails.

There's a substance out there that y'all are fond of. It's used to make railings on porches, or decorative arches for the garden. Indoors it can be found made into candlesticks, clocks, stair railings, and many other decorative forms.

This substance is Wrought Iron. As defined by Webster, wrought iron is " a commercial form of iron that is tough, malleable, and relatively soft, contains less than 0.3 percent and usually less than 0.1 percent carbon, and carries 1 or 2 percent of slag mechanically mixed with it."

Wrought Iron, wrought iron, WROUGHT iron! Not "rod iron", not "rodded iron", and not "rot iron".

Please! And thank you, very much.

Oh, and while we're at it? That room you have between the kitchen and the living room? That room with the big table, buffet, and china cabinet? That's a dining room. Notice the number of "n's" in that word "dining". Two of 'em, not three. You dine in a dining room. What would you do in a "dinning" room? Eat "din din"?

6 comments:

Natalie said...

The dinning room is where they keep their percussion instruments...

christel said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and entering my giveaway.

Mrs. Darling said...

Dont you just hate people pronouncing words wrong? I say Learn the Kings English people!

mandolinartist said...

Well, tell us how you really feel!

This reminds me of a conversation I had today about 'silly questions' as well... Does this connect with mispronouncing words?

Kimberly said...

I think you'd like this blog:
http://www.jeffdeck.com/teal/blog/
The Typo Eradication Advancement League (TEAL) hits the road.
I get such a kick out of them! :-)

Jim said...

Whatever you do, don't polish that rod iron until it's shinny.

{groan}