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Carat vs Caret vs Carrot vs Karat

Carat is a measurement (200 milligrams) used in weighing gemstones.

  • Ty bought an engagement ring that had a 1.5-carat diamond.

Caret is a proofreader’s mark (^) to indicate insertion. It’s also used in math to indicate exponentiation.

  • Editors often insert many carets on a writer’s first draft.
  • If the caret is not in the formula, you will get a different answer.

Carrot is the orange root that Bugs Bunny enjoys eating.

  • Carrots grow best when planted in spring.

Karat is a measurement showing the ratio of pure gold to other materials in an alloy. The measurement uses a base of 24 units. Pure gold, which is 24/24ths gold, is called 24-karat gold.

  • All their 12-karat jewelry is on sale through next weekend.