[Ads-l] cache-cachet confusible

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 25 16:54:18 EDT 2017

Below is a 1908 citation from England with "cachet" used to refer to a
hiding place for jewelry, i.e., a cache.

Interestingly, the OED lists the following under cachet: "Etymology:
French; < cacher to conceal: in 18th cent. treated as English"

Date: November 28, 1908
Newspaper: The Manchester Guardian (The Guardian)
Newspaper Location: London, Greater London, England
Article: The Southport Murder: Police List of Missing Jewellery: The
Question of Motive
Quote Page 5, Column 4
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
A lonely woman of Mrs. Allen's shrewdness and thriftiness, coupled
with her apprehension of being robbed, would most likely, have some
cleverly hidden "cachet" into which she could slip her valuables at
night or on her leaving the house.
[End excerpt]

Below is a 1979 citation with the phrase "hidden cachets of gold".

Date: June 26, 1979
Newspaper: The Ottawa Journal
Newspaper Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Article: The agony of Vietnam's 'boat people'
Author: John Fraser (The Globe and Mail)
Quote Page 38, Column 6
Database: Newspapers.com


[Begin excerpt]
The people I saw and talked to at the transit camp have no hidden
cachets of gold, no secret sources of money.
[End excerpt]


On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:09 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> "Cache"/"cachet" shows up in Paul Brians' "Common Errors of English Usage."
> https://brians.wsu.edu/2016/05/31/cache-cachet/
> The pair is also in "100 Words Almost Everyone Mixes Up or Mangles" from
> American Heritage, as noted by Heidi Stevens in a 2011 Chicago Tribune
> column:
> http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-06/features/ct-
> tribu-words-work-cache-20110706_1_cache-american-heritage-dictionaries-loot
> Link to cached (not cacheted) version if that doesn't work:
> https://goo.gl/q8T8Er
> And I see some discussion on this here list in 2011 and 2013.
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 10:27 AM, Baron, Dennis E <debaron at illinois.edu>
> wrote:
>> 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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