Welcome to another Edit This® grammar lesson. In today's blog post, we will discuss medal vs. meddle vs. mettle. vs. metal. Do you know the difference between them?
Some of you might say, "YES!" But these words trip more people up than you might think.
So, let's dive right in, shall we?
Let's start with an easy one. A Medal (short for medallion) is a thin disc commonly presented to someone as a contest or commemoration award for some type of achievement.
* The team was presented with a championship medal.
* He has four first-place medals.
* The officer received a Medal of Valor for his actions.
Meddle means to interfere with something or someone that's not your concern.
* I am tired of you meddling in my business.
* Has anyone told you that you meddle too much?
* John loves to meddle in his brother's stuff.
Mettle refers to a person's courage, heart, resiliency, and ability to cope with difficulties and demanding situations.
* Test your mettle against the best boxer in the world.
* Steve tested his mettle in the national writing competition.
* Tonight's game tested both team's mettle.
Merriam-Webster defines metal as a substance that is often lustrous, conducts electricity and heat, and can be melted and reshaped. Examples include iron, aluminum, lead, and platinum.
* He has a metal plate in his head.
* Iron is a type of metal.
* That building has a metal frame.
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