English is a complicated language. There are some words in English that sound exactly the same but have different spellings and meanings. These words are called homophones and they are a cause of confusion for many young learners and natives alike. Cash and cache are an example of a pair of homophones that sound alike. Many people pronounce cache as kayshe or kachay but the correct pronunciation of cache is exactly like cash.
Cash as noun:
The staff were paid in cash.
Cache as noun:
We approached an arms cache.
A cache containing ten mortar shells, two kalachnikov guns and important quantity of ammunitions were discovered Friday in Tin Zaouatine, by a detachment of the National Popular Army (ANP), said National Defence Ministry (MDN) said in a communiqué. (Algerie Presse Service)
Investigators say Howard would take checks made out to Jacaranda Golf Club, put them into the cash register inside the facility’s pro shop but input an amount that was lesser than the check’s face value. (The Sun-Sentinel)
Cash or Cache:
Cache is a hiding place, especially one in the ground, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.; an area of computer memory devoted to the high-speed retrieval of frequently used or requested data. Cash is money in the form of coins or banknotes, especially that issued by a government. Cache and cash are pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings. A common error in writing is to spell “cache” as “cash”.
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