Writing Tip 54: Wreath vs. Wreathe

Wreath vs. WreatheSome like to add ye olde character to the holidays – caroling, wassailing, and putting the yule log on the fire.  I’m guessing that it’s in this spirit that people seem to misspell “wreath” as “”wreathe.” But this isn’t a word like “olde,” where you can add an “e” to create a pseudo-colonial, god-bless-ye-merry-gentlemen-of-yore vibe.

“Wreathe” isn’t just a quaint spelling of the holiday decoration or the floral headdress in your flower girl’s hair; rather, it’s the verb form meaning either to encircle or to decorate with a wreath. But you knew that already, right? I thought so. Just checking.