Ok let’s get this one straight out for once and for all!
“Carrots” are those crunchy orange vegetables Bugs Bunny is so fond of, but usually this spelling gets misused for less familiar words which are pronounced the same or similar but have very different meanings.
- Carat: A unit of mass equal to 200 mg and is used for measuring gemstones and pearls
- example: This is undoubtedly a 100-carat diamond.
- Caret: A mark used by an author or editor to indicate where something is to be inserted into a text
- example: He marked a caret in the text.
- Karat: The unit of measurement for the proportion of gold in an alloy; 18-karat gold is 75% gold; 24-karat gold is pure gold
- example: The ring he gave me was made of 24 karat gold.
And carrots, well, they are good for your eyes, and they’re an orange vegetable and grow downwards into the ground.
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