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    "on the end" of a stick/pole?

    I have a walking pole with a rubber ending. What's the correct way to say? "on the end of it, there is a small piece of rubber"? "At the end" perhaps? or some expression that involves "tip" instead of "end"?

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    Re: "on the end" of a stick/pole?

    In British English it's a 'stick' - it's a 'walking stick'. You could say it is tipped with rubber. The thing at the end is usually called a ferrule, but as that word is derived from the Latin for 'iron' I'm not sure whether you call a rubber one a 'ferrule'!

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    PS The rubber tip is at the end, but if you're reassembling it you put the tip on the stick; so you can use either preposition, depending on context.
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    Re: "on the end" of a stick/pole?

    thank you Bob. Well I do live in London and those outdoor shops in Covent Garden always seem to sell walking "poles", but perhaps that is because this is what most of the Continental and American manufacturers put on the packaging.

    Anyway, I think you've answered my question - the correct expression is at the end, and not "on" the end for example. Thank you

    [I just saw your updated reply now. The context I was asking about was not one of reassembling/placing the tip on the stick, but something static which is there, at the end of the stick, permanently]
    Last edited by euromike; 07-Sep-2014 at 11:53.

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    Re: "on the end" of a stick/pole?

    I would say "It has a rubber tip on the end".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: "on the end" of a stick/pole?

    Quote Originally Posted by euromike View Post
    thank you Bob. Well I do live in London and those outdoor shops in Covent Garden always seem to sell walking "poles", but perhaps that is because this is what most of the Continental and American manufacturers put on the packaging.

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    Ahhh, I misunderstood. I thought you were talking about 'walking sticks' (for the old and infirm). Sports gear, from 'Continental and American manufacturers' may well be called 'walking poles' - I don't know.

    Incidentally, I gather from song lyrics that American English for a 'fishing rod' is a 'pole'; and that American English for 'walking stick' is a 'cane'. There are canes in BE too, but they are more decorative than functional (think Fred Astaire rather than old woman!).

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    Re: "on the end" of a stick/pole?

    Both walking sticks and walking poles have a rubber bit on the end.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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