cache vs cachet : Common Errors in English

About cache vs cachet

“Cache” comes from the French verb cacher, meaning “to hide,” and in English is pronounced exactly like the word “cash.” But reporters speaking of a cache (hidden hoard) of weapons or drugs often mispronounce it to sound like cachet—“ca-SHAY” —a word with a very different meaning: originally a seal affixed to a document, now a quality attributed to anything with authority or prestige. Rolex watches have cachet.

cache Meaning(s)

  • (n) a hidden storage space (for money or provisions or weapons)
  • (n) a secret store of valuables or money
  • (n) (computer science) RAM memory that is set aside as a specialized buffer storage that is continually updated; used to optimize data transfers between system elements with different characteristics
  • (v) save up as for future use

cachet Meaning(s)

  • (n) a seal on a letter
  • (n) an indication of approved or superior status
  • (n) a warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal

cache in News

  1. Virident Systems Showcasing Flash-Aware Integrated Block Cache Software at O'Reilly Velocity Conference

    Virident Systems Inc., the performance leader in flash-based storage-class memory solutions, today announced it will be demonstrating its vCache flash-aware integrated block cache software, which allows ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Marketwired via Yahoo! Finance

  2. Police find IEDs in Coos Bay home

    Officers investigating a report of domestic violence discovered a cache of improvised explosive devices and firearms in a home Wednesday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: KVAL Eugene

  3. Column: Edward Snowden and the selective targeting of leaks

    By Jack Shafer (Reuters) - Edward Snowden's expansive disclosures to the Guardian and the Washington Post about various National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs have only two corollaries in contemporary history; the classified cache Bradley Manning allegedly released to WikiLeaks a few years ago and Daniel Ellsberg's dissemination of the voluminous Pentagon Papers to the New York ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

cachet in News

  1. Frogs’ Legs May Be Out of Favor, but Not Flavor

    With the advent of nouvelle cuisine in the 1970s, frogs’ legs lost their cachet. But search hard enough, and you will find a lover of cuisses de grenouilles.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: New York Times

  2. E3 show not attracting video-game rising stars, WSJ reports

    The Electronic Entertainment Expo has served as the center of the video-game world, but E3, which begins this week in Los Angeles, is losing some cachet as it fails to attract the industry's new rising ...
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Theflyonthewall.com via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Pliny The Elder, Pliny the Younger, and The Wine-ification of Beer

    The Pliny Frenzy is about Cred, cachet, status, buzz, Cool Factor - whatever you want to call it, it's about the sizzle, not the steak.
    on June 8, 2013 Source: seattlepi.com

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