I have maligned tenterhooks. Instead of the benign function of holding cloth in place to dry, to be in suspensive state, I thought more along the butcher function. Holding meat up so that it could cure properly.
So whenever someone said they were on tenterhooks, I thought they were wronged and hung out to dry by some superior. I felt really bad for them.
Now, just in time, I can be properly empathetic.<a href="http://Tenterhooks