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May 28 2012   12:30PM GMT

mantle or mantel?

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typing Which is correct?
Since the advent of flat-panel televisions, it’s becoming more common to see a TV over the _______ than a painting or a mirror.a. mantle
b. mantel

Answer: b

A mantel is the shelf above the fireplace. A mantle is a coat or cloak; that word is often used metaphorically, to say, for example, that an elected official has assumed the mantle of office. Once upon a time, it referred to ceremonial robes. A mantel of office, on the other hand, would be quite awkward to wear.

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