Wordy Wednesday: Pedal vs. Peddle

This is an error that I see all the time. These two words sound the same, and they are both verbs (although pedal is also a noun), but they have totally different meanings.

Pedal: verb

  • to push the pedals of (something, such as a bicycle)

  • to ride a bicycle to a particular place

Pedal: Noun

  • a lever pressed by the foot in the playing of a musical instrument (as an organ or piano)
  • a foot lever or treadle by which a part is activated in a mechanism

Peddle: verb

  • to travel about with wares for sale; broadly

  • to be busy with trifles

  • to sell or offer for sale from place to place

  • to deal out or seek to disseminate

  • to offer or promote as valuable

 

 

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