The WordPress blogging dashboard Blog Stats tab has a nice feature that let’s you see the incoming search terms. I get lots of fun, interesting and even weird terms. Lately I’ve been seeing stuff along the lines of:
Which is always a great distraction from writing a post or categorizing incoming comment spam. In this case though, I think whoa – what is that word that sounds like lentil but is part of a door?
An exact query latter for “door lentil” I get a steaming, hot pile of links to sort through. There is a home inspection web sites that advises “evaluation of the window and door lentils to ensure they have sufficient bearing on the sides”. I imagine little brown beans getting their waistlines measured on a window sill. Another large web site notes a pair of garages “with door lentils crumbling, revealing the rusting metal rods in the centre of them”. I imagine tiny oxidized reinforcement peeking out from little brown beans. One religious education web site quotes scripture that “they were instructed to cover their door lentils with the blood of a lamb” while another advising what to do in the case of a spiritual attack says that you should “anoint yourself and the door lentils of your house”. I try hard to imagine nothing but am unsuccessful.
So enough suspense. A lentil is something you eat while a lintel is something you go in. A lentil is good for making dal. Lintel’s are easier to decorate. But hey who am I to complain – misspellings are the new wrong number.