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Jun 12 2009   3:57PM GMT

Which is correct — guage or gauge?

Ivy Wigmore Ivy Wigmore Profile: Ivy Wigmore

typing Which is correct?
A beta release allows developers to _____ the quality of a product before general release.
a. gauge
b. guage

Answer: a.

Explanation: To gauge, in this context, is to determine. There’s no such word as guage.

However, gage is a valid alternative American spelling. AskOxford.uk offers more information about spelling, misspelling and UK-US variations.

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  • wood22mark
    According to Holland's glossary of terms for dialectal Cheshire:

    guage bed: a salt-mining term. The solid bed formed in the shaft, where marl or rock are sound enough to form a foundation for the cylinders or lining of the shaft.

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  • kulshreshth
    I always thought it was guage (pronounced as gaje).  Gauge would be like gauze (goje)

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