pedestal » pedastool

Variant(s):  pedestool, petastool, pedalstool, pedal stool

Classification: English

Spotted in the wild:

  • What’s wrong is that we’re constantly putting bloggers up on a pedastool that either get paid for their blogging, or are ALREADY professional writers. (Utopian Hell, Aug. 30, 2004)
  • McCain, get a clue — climb out off of your liberal pedastool, and join the party you have all but abandoned! (A Little About Everything, Dec 13, 2004)
  • Why is everyone always trying to topple me from this pedastool I have built for myself? ( Forums, Jan 9, 2005)
  • We want our entertainers, though human, on a pedestool not an easy chair, like some of us. (BroadwayWorld forum, Oct. 22, 2003)
  • Instead of everyone stepping off their pedestool to create the best end result in the most timely manner, egos and politics dominate even the most so-called creative agencies. (MarketingProfs, Apr 12, 2004)
  • In all actuality, it would be an insult to categorize their style. Sure, it is heavy but what they do with it musically is where they stand alone on their petastool. (East Coast Romper)
  • I don’t need to spiel on and on about DMB - it’s pretty obvious they are on a pedalstool all alone when it comes to the “best band” arguments. (Amazon customer review, Nov. 5, 2003)
  • Beyonce’ gets put up on a pedalstool & the rest of them gets treated like dirt underneath her toe nails. (SOHH Soulful blog comment, May 10, 2006)
  • I know what you mean about being put on a pedalstool, it’s a bit like, yeah but if people knew what I was really like then they wouldn’t like me. (Eating Disorders Association Message Board, June 20, 2006)
  • I have seen some that are conceded and put themselves on a pedal stool and some that treat you as their brother or sister with the greatest respect. (AllExperts: Neurology, Aug. 21, 2004)

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“Pedastool” is also a trademark for office furniture.

[15 Aug. 06: Added examples of “pedal( )stool” as suggested by comments below and in the forum.]

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/04/03 |


  1. 1

    Commentary by Laie Lad , 2005/05/17 at 3:17 am

    The most vivid instance of this was a student of mine who wrote of the Victorian Age, where “women were always put on a pedalstool.”

  2. 2

    Commentary by plymacic , 2006/08/15 at 1:12 pm

    I am most familiar with the variation, “pedalstool”, mentioned in Laie Lad’s posting. As a professor at Towson University, just north of Baltimore, Maryland. I saw this spelling frequently but never the other spellings listed on this page.

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