Not to burst any bubbles here, but it is also a fire surround - usually a
low metal piece, but it can have seats attached at either end, used to fend
off the hot coals that may fall from the fire onto the carpet or wooden
floor, and not to be confused with a fire screen or fire guard.
At 02:46 PM 8/10/99 -0700, Randall Young wrote:
>Several years ago, I asked an American friend of mine who was living in
>Germany to investigate fiberglass fenders for my TR3. He called the place
>in the UK that I had seen listed in Hemmings, but they absolutely could not
>figure out why anyone would want to put fenders on a car ! They asked
>around a bit, and finally someone twigged that they were talking to a
>'Yank', and he really wanted wings. Whereupon, my friend said "No, this is
>a car, not a plane !". A good chuckle was had by all (but I never did get
>my fenders, er, I mean wings).
>Just in case you are confused by the above, in British English, a 'fender'
>is something you put on the side of a boat, to keep it from hitting the
>dock. The piece of metal (or fiberglass) that goes over the top of the
>wheels on a car is called a 'wing'. In American English, the thing over
>the wheels on a car is a 'fender', and a 'wing' is what allows airplanes
>(aeroplanes) to fly.
>On Monday, August 09, 1999 9:55 AM, Brian Johnson
>> Don't worry Phil - to us across the pond the American way of spelling
>> is all wrong anyway - I'm just getting used to the 'alternative' word
>> set you guys use as well, I'm even calling a wing a fender sometimes,
>> and rocker panels really threw me for a start until I realised that they
>> really are sills.......... just remeber when we say HOOD we really mean
>> the rag top that fits over your head when its rains and not the bonnet !
>> Brian Johnson