goal vs gaol : Common Errors in English

About goal vs gaol

UK writers are increasingly using the American spelling “jail” instead of “gaol.” This should be helpful for those who sometimes absentmindedly type “goal” when they mean to write “gaol.”

goal Meaning(s)

  • (n) the state of affairs that a plan is intended to achieve and that (when achieved) terminates behavior intended to achieve it
  • (n) the place designated as the end (as of a race or journey)
  • (n) game equipment consisting of the place toward which players of a game try to advance a ball or puck in order to score points
  • (n) a successful attempt at scoring

gaol Meaning(s)

  • (n) a correctional institution used to detain persons who are in the lawful custody of the government (either accused persons awaiting trial or convicted persons serving a sentence)
  • (v) lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

goal in News

  1. Shaw's goal in third OT gives Blackhawks 4-3 victory in Game 1

    Bruins fall prey to Shaw game-winner after blowing 2-goal Game 1 lead in regulation The Stanley Cup Final arrived at the United Center on Wednesday night for the first time since 2010, and fans began trickling in about an hour before Game 1 between the Blackhawks and the Bruins.        
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Baltimore Sun

  2. Goal Zero and In-Q-Tel Sign Strategic Agreement to Develop Deployable Power Systems

    SALT LAKE CITY, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Goal Zero, a leader in portable, reliable solar power, announced a strategic investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). IQT is a non-profit, strategic investor that identifies, adapts, and delivers innovative...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: PR Newswire

  3. Mexico goal drought continues, draw Costa Rica

    An ineffective Mexico continued to suffer from its goal drought on Tuesday night, drawing 0-0 with Costa Rica and complicating its way in the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Sports Illustrated

gaol in News

  • Australia farmer hands over 'Ned Kelly's skull'

    An Australian farmer has handed over a skull which he says belongs to the legendary Irish bushranger Ned Kelly (no relation!) The farmer, Tom Baxter, says the skull is the one stolen in 1978 from a display case at the Old Melbourne Gaol where Kelly was hanged in 1880.
    on June 28, 2013 Source: Irish Central

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