carat vs caret vs carrot vs karat : Common Errors in English

About carat vs caret vs carrot vs karat

“Carrots” are those crunchy orange vegetables Bugs Bunny is so fond of, but this spelling gets misused for the less familiar words which are pronounced the same but have very different meanings. Precious stones like diamonds are weighed in carats. The same word is used to express the proportion of pure gold in an alloy, though in this usage it is sometimes spelled “karat” (hence the abbreviation “20K gold”). A caret is a proofreader’s mark showing where something needs to be inserted, shaped like a tiny pitched roof. It looks rather like a French circumflex, but is usually distinct from it on modern computer keyboards. Carets are extensively used in computer programming. Just remember, if you can’t eat it, it’s not a carrot.

carat Meaning(s)

  • (n) a unit of weight for precious stones = 200 mg
  • (n) the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75% gold; 24-karat gold is pure gold

caret Meaning(s)

  • (n) a mark used by an author or editor to indicate where something is to be inserted into a text

carrot Meaning(s)

  • (n) deep orange edible root of the cultivated carrot plant
  • (n) perennial plant widely cultivated as an annual in many varieties for its long conical orange edible roots; temperate and tropical regions
  • (n) orange root; important source of carotene
  • (n) promise of reward as in

karat Meaning(s)

  • (n) the unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75% gold; 24-karat gold is pure gold

carat in News

  1. Avril's 'out of control' plans

    Less than a year after Avril Lavigne accepted a 14 carat diamond ring from Chad Kroeger, the Canadian superstars' wedding preparations are well underway.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  2. Avril Lavigne Chad Kroeger Wedding Planning: "It's Out of Control"

    Less than a year after Avril Lavigne accepted a 14 carat diamond ring from Chad Kroeger , the Canadian superstars' wedding preparations are well underway.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: US Weekly

  3. Carat Hires Chief Strategy Officer for U.S.

    Carat has hired Michael Epstein, a 13-year veteran of Mindshare, to fill the position of chief strategy officer for the U.S., a new title. Epstein, who started on May 28, will oversee communications planning, strategy and consumer insights, overseeing about 60 Carat employees. He will report to Doug Ray, who serves as Carat's president in the U.S. and globally . The new role, though, is aimed at ...
    on June 7, 2013 Source: AdWeek

caret in News

carrot in News

  1. Sedalia Public Library Summer Reading Program

    Grant Amos, 6, stirs the potting soil in his plastic cup before being given some vegetable seeds to plant. The kids were given a choice of cilantro, carrot or onion seeds. The Digging into Dirt program ended with the kids reading books on gardening and worms. The next summer reading activity is Make a Pet Rock at the Library, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 19. The summer reading program's theme is Dig ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Sedalia Democrat

  2. U.S. Open fans get some help; Rose Tree Park lot set to reopen Thursday

    The USGA gave U.S. Open fans who need to park their cars a bit of carrot, but all parties hope that carrot doesn’t get washed away.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Delaware County Daily Times

  3. 5 Surefire Ways to Screw Up Employee Incentives

    Here are the most common ways that carrot you're dangling can backfire. Incentive plans are designed to reward specific behaviors, but they're often ineffective at best and harmful at worst. Here are five common ways employee incentive plans can produce the wrong results: 1. You foster the wrong outcome. What you reward drives very specific behaviors, often with unintended consequences. Say your ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Inc Magazine

karat in News

  1. Nineteenth century watch fetches $2.25 million at U.S. auction

    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A 115-year-old Patek Philippe pink-gold calendar watch fetched $2.25 million in a day-long sale, nearly double the expected price, Christie's auction house said. The 18-karat, open-face watch, manufactured by the famed Swiss watchmaker in 1898, had been estimated to fetch up to $1.5 million during sale on Tuesday, but enthusiastic bidding by collectors from some 30 countries ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  2. Everglades Mystery Jewel Update: Analysis and Cultural Context Offered by Walker Metalsmiths on Gold Cross Pendant ...

    High karat gold has titanium, chromium and iron contamination. The symbolic message of the cross is a French play on words; "Crois/croix en moi" for "believe in me." (PRWeb June 12, 2013) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/6/prweb10820206.htm
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PRWeb

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