medal vs metal vs meddle vs mettle : Common Errors in English

About medal vs metal vs meddle vs mettle

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

medal Meaning(s)

  • (n) an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

metal Meaning(s)

  • (n) any of several chemical elements that are usually shiny solids that conduct heat or electricity and can be formed into sheets etc.
  • (n) a mixture containing two or more metallic elements or metallic and nonmetallic elements usually fused together or dissolving into each other when molten
  • (v) cover with metal
  • (a) containing or made of or resembling or characteristic of a metal

meddle Meaning(s)

  • (v) intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly

mettle Meaning(s)

  • (n) the courage to carry on

medal in News

  1. Prince Edward presents royal medal to Martin teen

    A 16-year-old Martin resident received the Duke of Edinburgh medal as Prince Edward presided over a ceremony at Governor Bill Haslam’s mansion to honor young people for completing a service and personal development program backed by the British monarchy.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Weakley County Press

  2. MT creates medal of valor for veterans who died

    The Montana Legislature authorized a state medal to honor military veterans who died or are missing in action.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Montana Kaimin

  3. Gold Medal introduces new cotton candy flavors

    Gold Medal has been a leader in patented cotton candy innovations for 62 years. Now, the company introduces four surprising new flavors: Bacon, Chocolate Orange, Chocolate Strawberry and Chocolate Cherry.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Film Journal

metal in News

  1. Metal Babes: Rare Photos of Slayer and Metallica from the Early Days of Thrash

    Forget earthquakes, thrash metal was the biggest, loudest tectonic shift to hit California in the early '80s. Led by Slayer and Metallica, the bands combined the scrappiness of punk with the stomping fury of metal...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Spin

  2. Russia Metal Producers Slump to 2009 Low on China: Moscow Mover

    Russia’s metal producers dropped to the lowest level since 2009 on concern economic growth in China is slowing, curbing demand for commodities.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Bloomberg

  3. Metal Fabrication Company Noble Industries, Inc. ...

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind.– Noble Industries, a leading Indianapolis metal fabrication company, has purchased a new Mazak Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS), adding two more lasers to its already strong lineup of metal fabricators. According to the Modern Machinery Company, "the Mazak laser Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) is world-renowned for helping fabricators achieve competitiveness ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ThomasNet

meddle in News

  • Column: Let's get rid of the IRS

    Why would anyone give a federal agency caught in an outrageous abuse of its considerable power even more authority to meddle in the lives of Americans?
    on June 9, 2013 Source: Detroit News

mettle in News

  1. Bombers get taste of action at camp

    After wrapping up spring football on May 31, the Mountain Home Bombers were able to test their mettle against other schools at the Mountain Home High School team camp Tuesday at Bomber Stadium.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Baxter Bulletin

  2. John Oliver takes over 'Daily Show' reins

    Since 2006, John Oliver has proved his mettle as a phony journalist on “The Daily Show.”
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Kingston Daily Freeman

  3. Wet spring stresses Iowa farmland

    The wettest spring in 141 years of record-keeping is testing farmers’ mettle and heightening the tension between agriculture and the environment. With 12 percent of Iowa’s intended corn acreage and 56 percent of its intended soybean acreage yet to be planted, many farmers wonder if they will even have a crop to fret about in [...]
    on June 9, 2013 Source: The Gazette

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