English has a lot of confusing words in it. Words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently; words that are spelled differently but pronounced the same; and you can’t forget those words that have such similar meanings it’s difficult to tell them apart. Today’s two words have the same pronunciations, but they have different meanings and functions in a sentence.
In today’s post, I will highlight the differences between gage vs. gauge. I will define each word, use it in an example sentence, and provide examples from outside authorities like newspapers and magazines.
The word gage originated from Middle English: from Old French gage (noun), gager (verb), of Germanic origin; related to wage and wed. The word gauge originated from Middle English (denoting a standard measure): from Old French gauge (noun), gauger (verb), variant of Old Northern French jauge (noun), jauger (verb), of unknown origin.
Gage as noun:
Gage as verb:
Gauge as noun:
He brought in a fuel gauge.
Gauge as verb:
Labour MP Lucy Powell said she would be tabling a series of parliamentary questions to gauge the true extent to which private nurseries were opting not to offer free places to two-year-olds from deprived backgrounds. [The Guardian]
Gauge or gage:
Is it gauge or gage? If you were to choose based purely on probability, gauge would win every time. Gage is the spelling of an obsolescent word meaning a pledge, a challenge, etc. Gauge is the spelling to use when you measure measurement, estimate, or standard.