This is a pet peeve of mine, so I’ve devoting a whole blog post to this one tiny little word.
You feed a BALE of hay to a horse.
You use a BAIL to carry a pail of water to horses.
A BAIL is a swinging handle on a pail or bucket.
So does your pendant hang from a swinging bale or bail? I don’t know about you, but I don’t want 60# of scratchy brome hanging around my neck, so its definitely not BALE.
The correct word for a Native American pendant hanger is a BAIL.
But to make things confusing, bail has some other definitions so here’s one way you can remember those. Watch for the rhyming words.
BAIL is also is what you do when you use a PAIL to remove water from a sinking boat
BAIL is also the cash payment you give to get someone temporarily out of JAIL.