Minor Peeve #133

It’s going “through the wringer” NOT “through the ringer.”  I have seen “ringer” in too many blogs from people who normally know better and it’s really starting to irritate me.  A “ringer” is a person who rings church bells, according to the dictionary, though I can’t say I’ve ever heard the word used that way, or a good throw in horseshoes.  (The latter, of course, is where “a dead ringer” came from.)  A “wringer” is a device for wringing out clothes from the days before electric driers, and I imagine it would indeed be quite unpleasant to be put through one.

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