Wednesday, August 26, 2015

medal/metal/meddle/mettle: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Wednesday, August 26, 2015

A person who proves his or her mettle displays courage or stamina. The word “mettle” is seldom used outside of this expression, so people constantly confuse it with other similar-sounding words.

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