[Ads-l] cache - cachet confusible

Baron, Dennis E debaron at ILLINOIS.EDU
Thu May 25 08:53:49 EDT 2017

Anyone writing about the cache - cachet confusible? Usu. cache for cachet, not so much the other way, if at all. I’m hearing/seeing it more and more from educated, sophisticated academic writers and speakers, even those who have some French, but don’t recall seeing usage notes discussing this confusion. Merriam-Webster has a brief “what’s the difference between two words from the same root” note online, search “cache for cachet,” but does not specifically mark them as a confusible. Is this too rarefied to have warranted attention? Or is it a gaffe that’s becoming entrenched, like disinterested?

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