Yep, I just knew there would be a difference between racket and racquet. Only…I didn’t realize the difference would be so minute!
Then again, racket seems to be a word with a lot more fun behind it. Illegal business activities — think racketeering! — and all the fun of making a racket. Although the neighbors may not be amused. Oopsies.
Racquet, well now…racquet is strictly sports-oriented. Great for the sports-minded, but not as much fun as racketing around is for the rest of us.
…started as my way of dealing with a professional frustration with properly spelled words that were out of context in manuscripts I was editing as well as books I was reviewing. It evolved into a sharing of information with y’all. I’m hoping you’ll share with us words that have been a bête noir for you from either end. Consider sharing this Word Confusion with friends by tweeting it.
|Credit to: Apple Dictionary.com|
|Part of Grammar:|
|Noun 1, 2, 3; Verb, intransitive & transitive 2
Alternative spelling to racquet
|Noun 1, 4
Alternative spelling to racket
A type of bat with a round or oval frame strung with catgut, nylon, etc., used especially in tennis, badminton, and squash 1
[Singular] A loud unpleasant noise
[Slang] An illegal or dishonest scheme for obtaining money 3
|A type of bat with a round or oval frame strung with catgut, nylon, etc., used especially in tennis, badminton, and squash
A game for two or four players with ball and racket on a 4-walled court 4
George, grab the rackets, and we’ll play a game.
The neighbors are making a racket.
He’s running a protection racket.
I’m in the insurance racket.
How can you think with those trains racketing by?
Will you kids stop racketing around!
|The original tracker’s snowshoe is the stereotypical snowshoe and resembles a tennis racquet, in fact, the French term for it is raquette de neige.
Racquetball is played with racquets.
|Adjective: racketlike, rackety
Noun: rackets, racketeering
|History of the Word:|
|1 First known use: 1520
Early 16th century from French raquette, ultimately from the medieval Latin rasceta meaning wrist, carpus, and a modification of the Arabic rusgh meaning wrist.
|1 Early 16th century from French raquette.|
C’mon, get it out of your system, bitch, whine, moan…which words are your pet peeves?