Racket or Racquet?

Racket or Racquet?

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Deleted member 768841

Guest
Racquet. Racket is I believe for different sports.
 

graycrait

Legend
A racquet is something you use on an obscure course of endeavor like squash or racquetball.

An "everyone" sport like tennis uses a racket!
 

Kemitak

Professional
From Fowler's Modern English Usage, 2nd Edition: 'Racket. The implement for striking a ball and the game of rackets are properly so spelt, not racquet(s). The word meaning disturbance, uproar, etc., is of different origin. Its use in the sense of a lucrative enterprise of questionable honesty was known in England at the beginning of the 19th c.; it seems to have then died, but was born again in New York a hundred years later, fostered in Chicago, and re-exported to Britain, where it has become thoroughly at home.'

From Chambers Dictionary of Etymology: racket, oval frame strung across with netting and a long handle, used to hit a ball in tennis etc. About 1385 raket, game like tennis in which players hit a ball with their palm, in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde; later rakket, racket used in tennis, badminton, etc. (1500-20, in William Dunbar's Poems); borrowed from Old French requette, rechete, racket or battledore, palm of the hand (perhaps reinforced by Spanish raqueta), from Arabic rahat, a form of raha, palm of the hand.

From The Oxford Universal Dictionary, 1933, revised 1955:
Racquet, -ette, var. ff. Racket sb., Raquette
Raquette, 1861 = Racket sb.
Racket, 1500. A bat used in rackets, tennis, etc. Consisting of cord, catgut, or steel wire stretched across a somewhat elliptical frame formed of a bent strip of wood or steel to the Base of which a handle is attached. b. A game of ball for two or four persons, played with rackets in a plain four-walled court.
 

NoQuarter

Rookie
I don't know...but TW on the main page has Tennis Racquets. I normally use racquets when texting/typing. Interesting enough, the spell check right now is underlining in red and lists rackets as the option.
 

1stVolley

Professional
I prefer to reserve Racket to describe a cacophonous noise.
Yes, absolutely! Another linguistic perversion is 'flautist' for 'flute player'. This perversion flouts the sensibility of our English language because one plays a flute not a flaut. Only people speaking Old French play the flaut.
 

Dartagnan64

G.O.A.T.
I use racquet when i feel like being an elitist ****** and racket when I'm in a hurry and don't care about being an elitist ******.

I prefer the look of racquet and grew up with racquetball so it's my preferred spelling but that "q" in the corner of my keyboard is annoying to reach all the time, whereas the "k" sits right near my right middle finger.
 

BlueB

Legend
I use racquet when i feel like being an elitist ****** and racket when I'm in a hurry and don't care about being an elitist ******.

I prefer the look of racquet and grew up with racquetball so it's my preferred spelling but that "q" in the corner of my keyboard is annoying to reach all the time, whereas the "k" sits right near my right middle finger.
Middle finger to K, racquet for the win! [emoji1787]

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