straight vs strait : Common Errors in English

About straight vs strait

If something is not crooked or curved it’s straight.If it is a narrow passageway beween two bodies of water, it’s a strait. Place names like “Bering Strait” are almost always spelled “strait.”

straight Meaning(s)

  • (a) having no deviations
  • (a) characterized by honesty and fairness
  • (r) in a forthright manner; candidly or frankly
  • (r) without deviation
  • (n) a heterosexual person; someone having a sexual orientation to persons of the opposite sex
  • (n) a poker hand with 5 consecutive cards (regardless of suit)
  • (n) a straight segment of a roadway or racecourse
  • (s) successive (without a break)
  • (a) (of hair) having no waves or curls
  • (s) erect in posture
  • (s) in keeping with the facts
  • (a) no longer coiled
  • (a) free from curves or angles
  • (s) neatly arranged; not disorderly
  • (s) not homosexual
  • (s) accurately fitted; level
  • (s) without evasion or compromise
  • (s) without water
  • (s) following a correct or logical method
  • (s) rigidly conventional or old-fashioned
  • (r) in a straight line; in a direct course

strait Meaning(s)

  • (n) a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
  • (n) a bad or difficult situation or state of affairs
  • (s) narrow

straight in News

  1. Why no Straight Pride month?

    If you ever wonder why there's no Straight Pride, LZ Granderson says wait till being straight becomes a crime.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: CNN

  2. Are straight actors in gay roles the new blackface?

    Instead of lauding straight artists for taking risks by going gay, we should be holding them to higher standards        
    on June 13, 2013 Source:

  3. Straight actors in gay roles

    Whether it's for television or a feature film, it's not easy to pull off a gay role as a straight actor. Many have tried, but it takes a great actor to make the role three dimensional and believable.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CNN

strait in News

  1. George Strait's father dies

    John Strait, the father of country music star George Strait, died Tuesday morning. John Strait is survived by his wife, Anna; son George and his wife, Norma; daughter Pency Edel and her husband, Lea; daughter-in-law Denise Strait; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: San Antonio Express-News

  2. Bay Trail to add scenic segment along Carquinez Strait bluffs

    MARTINEZ -- A washed-out and washed-up county road is about to be remade into a new, $5.5 million regional shoreline trail along the scenic Carquinez Strait, linking Central and West Contra Costa County.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Montclarion

  3. Strait goes out with a bang

    On Saturday , George Strait fans knew the cowboy would ride away from touring for the last time but not before they helped him break an Alamodome attendance record. The country legend's's sold-out last show of the first leg of his “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour drew a crowd of 73,086, the largest the Alamodome has ever held, according to stadium officials.
    on June 6, 2013 Source: San Antonio Express-News

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