Ringer vs. Wringer
Jim’s cancer scare really put his wife through an emotional ringer.
As a kid, I remember seeing a contraption in my grandmother’s basement. It had a crank that would turn two cylinders. You’d feed wet clothes between the rotating cylinders, and the device would squeeze out the water. (It also did a nice job flattening M&Ms.) The device was a wringer.
As you can image, going through an ordeal could make you feel like you’d been “put through a wringer”—totally wiped, drained, exhausted, wrung out. That’s what occurred in the “cancer” sentence above.
Ringer, on the other hand, can refer to:
- A successful throw in horseshoes.
- Someone brought into a contest under false pretenses to increase the chances of winning.
- Someone identical to another.
As you can see, ringer has nothing to do with exhaustion … or flattening M&Ms.
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