Make Your Editor Cry: Axel vs. Axle

Make Your Editor Cry:  Axel vs. Axle

An axle is a pin or shaft on (or with which) a wheel or pair of wheels revolves. The centers of the wheels are connected by an axle.

An axel is a jump in figure skating from one skate’s outer forward edge with one-and-one-half turns taken in the air followed by a return to the other skate’s outer backward edge. The maneuver was named after Axel Paulsen.

Either word will handily pass inspection by most spelling checkers, so be sure the EL or the LE that follows the AX is the right pair for your intended meaning.

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