Racquet or racket ?

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  1. Pete Semper

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    What is the correct term between racquet or racket ? Do you why is it possible to write it in a different way ?
     
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  2. MaOira

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    /təˈmɑːtəʊ/ to /təˈmeɪtoʊ/.... well not exactly. Both spellings are correct. Both mean the same thing. Why? English.... well.. english is a pretty messed up language.
     
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  3. Serpententacle

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    Racquet=English

    Racket=American English

    I'm American, yet prefer to use "racquet"...
     
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  4. Pete Semper

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    Since Tennis has a solid british root, its more correct to use "racquet" IMO.
     
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  5. JMBenson

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    Use whatever the heck you want.:)
     
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  6. Topspin Kid364

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    It doesn't really matter which one u use lol, they still mean the same thing
     
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  7. Serpententacle

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    The section of this forum is, in fact, entitled "Racquets"... no?
     
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  8. Pete Semper

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    Yes it is but...regarding the posts its more 50/50.
     
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  9. ClubHoUno

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    I use RACKET, and I'm neither English nor American - go figure :lol:

    I guess it's easier for us Euro NON English guys to spell racket rather than spelling racquet :D

    I guess it's the same with the term "Noone" and "Nobody".
    Noone is English and nobody is American - I use both terms, just to make it even more confusing :lol:
     
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  10. Tempest344

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    Racquet.....
     
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    ictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1) - Cite This Source - Share This rac·quet [​IMG] Audio Help /ˈræk[​IMG]ɪt/ Pronunciation Key - Show Spelled Pronunciation[rak-it] Pronunciation Key - Show IPA Pronunciation –noun 1.racquets, (used with a singular verb[​IMG]) a game played with rackets and a ball by two or four persons on a four-walled court. 2.racket2 (defs. 1, 2, 4).
    [Origin: var. of racket2[​IMG]]


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    n.
    1. A device consisting of an oval frame with a tight interlaced network of strings and a handle, used to strike a ball or shuttlecock in various games.
    2. A wooden paddle, as one used in table tennis.
    [Middle English raket, a kind of handball, from Old French rachette, palm of the hand, racket, from Medieval Latin rascheta, palm, from Arabic rāḥat (al-yad), palm (of the hand), bound form of rāḥa; see rḥ in Semitic roots.]

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    n. Variant of racket1.

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    racquet
    c.1500, "device used in tennis, etc.," probably originally "tennis-like game played with open hand" (c.1385), from Fr. requette "racket, palm of the hand," perhaps via It. racchetta or Sp. raqueta, both from Arabic rahat, a form of raha "palm of the hand." Racquetball first recorded 1972.

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    nouna sports implement (usually consisting of a handle and an oval frame with a tightly interlaced network of strings) used to strike a ball (or shuttlecock) in various games [syn: racket]
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    Rack"et\, n. [F. raquette; cf. Sp. raquets, It. racchetta, which is perhaps for retichetta, and fr. L. rete a net (cf. Reticule); or perh. from the Arabic; cf. Ar. r[=a]ha the palm of the hand (used at first to strike the ball), and OF. rachette, rasquette, carpus, tarsus.] [Written also racquet.]1. A thin strip of wood, having the ends brought together, forming a somewhat elliptical hoop, across which a network of catgut or cord is stretched. It is furnished with a handle, and is used for catching or striking a ball in tennis and similar games. Each one [of the Indians] has a bat curved like a crosier, and ending in a racket. --Bancroft. 2. A variety of the game of tennis played with peculiar long-handled rackets; -- chiefly in the plural. --Chaucer. 3. A snowshoe formed of cords stretched across a long and narrow frame of light wood. [Canada] 4. A broad wooden shoe or patten for a man horse, to enable him to step on marshy or soft ground. Racket court, a court for playing the game of rackets.
     
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  12. anirut

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    Why make a racket of the racquet?
     
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    Racquet. 10 chars to boot.
     
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  14. deme08

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    Also often refered to as 'stick' or 'frame' on this forum. And occasionally, 'shaft' ;)


    but seriously 'Racquet' is the correct word.
     
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  16. rod_b

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    Fortunately, my local tennis shop is called "Racquets Rackets"...as to not confuse any vacationing Brits and tennis historians.
     
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