ringer vs wringer : Common Errors in English

About ringer vs wringer

Old-fashioned washing machines lacked a spin cycle. Instead, you fed each piece of wet clothing between two rotating cylinders which would wring the excess water out of the cloth. This led to the metaphorical saying according to which someone put through an ordeal is said to have been put “through the wringer.”Few people remember those old wringer washers, and many of them now mistakenly suppose the spelling of the expression should be “through the ringer.” This error has been reinforced by the title of a popular album by the band Catch 22: Washed Up and Through the Ringer.

ringer Meaning(s)

  • (n) a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation)
  • (n) a person who is almost identical to another
  • (n) a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses
  • (n) (horseshoes) the successful throw of a horseshoe or quoit so as to encircle a stake or peg

wringer Meaning(s)

  • (n) a clothes dryer consisting of two rollers between which the wet clothes are squeezed

ringer in News

  1. 360 Public Relations is Winningest Agency at Publicity Club of New England 2013 Bell Ringer Awards

    BOSTON, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Fresh off of recognition at the PR industry's national awards, 360 Public Relations captured 14 awards at the Publicity Club of New England's Bell Ringer awards , ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Savoir Media Wins 2013 Gold Bell Ringer Award from the Publicity Club of New England and Gold Bulldog Reporter Award

    BELMONT, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Savoir Media LLC is pleased to announce that it has won two prestigious awards: a Publicity Club of New England Gold Bell Ringer Award and a Gold Bulldog Reporter Award.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Business Wire

  3. PAN Communications Wins Nine Awards at the 2013 Bell Ringer Awards Ceremony:

    PAN Communications, a public relations and digital media leader driving communications strategy for consumer, technology and healthcare industries, today announced it took home nine awards at the 2013 Publicity Club of New England’s 45th annual Bell Ringer Awards, held June 10th at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

wringer in News

  • Liveblogging That Joe Posnanski Column About Hockey

    5:50.27 p.m.: " HOCKEY: A WRINGER OF EMOTIONS LIKE NO OTHER " 5:50.29 p.m. : "The fast-paced, emotional game on ice captivates unlike any other team sport" 5:50.34 p.m.: THE BIG READ BY JOE POSNANSKI NBCSports.com updated 3:24 p.m. ET June 7, 2013 LOS ANGELES - " People’s reaction to opera the first time they see it is very dramatic. They either love it or they hate it. If they love it, they ...
    on June 8, 2013 Source: Deadspin

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