straightjacket vs straitjacket : Common Errors in English

About straightjacket vs straitjacket

The old word “strait” (“narrow, tight”) has survived only as a noun in geography referring to a narrow body of water (“the Bering Strait”) and in a few adjectival uses such as “straitjacket” (a narrowly confining garment) and “strait-laced” (literally laced up tightly, but usually meaning narrow-minded). Its unfamiliarity causes many people to mistakenly substitute the more common “straight.” See also “.”

straightjacket Meaning(s)

  • (n) a garment similar to a jacket that is used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person

straitjacket Meaning(s)

  • (n) anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines
  • (n) a garment similar to a jacket that is used to bind the arms tightly against the body as a means of restraining a violent person

straightjacket in News

straitjacket in News

  1. Steve Bousquet column: A glimpse of an unguarded Gov. Rick Scott

    To catch a glimpse of Gov. Rick Scott in an unguarded moment is to see a man liberated from his straitjacket of message-driven politics.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: Tampa Bay Times

  2. A Simple Design Tweak Makes Sleeping Bags Less Like Straitjackets

    A tapering mummy-style sleeping bag is easier to travel with since they can be compressed extremely compact. But if you suffer from even a smidgen of claustrophobia, spending a night in one can be like sleeping in a straitjacket. To make them more comfortable and compatible with those of us who toss and turn, Nemo has created a spoon-shaped sleeping bag which provides extra space where it's ...
    on June 8, 2013 Source: Gizmodo

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