Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Guaranty

A guaranty is an undertaking to meet a payment or other obligation on behalf of another. It's usually made in writing. More than one are known as guaranties and they're made by a guarantor.

A guaranty can also be something used as security for a guaranty.  So a guaranty should, in theory, guarantee that the guaranty is met.

Confused yet? If so, don't worry about it and stick with guarantee. That can be used instead of guaranty as well as meaning a formal promise or assurance.




21 comments:

Nicola said...

Great post, Patsy. I did giggle. It's not the easiest to get one's head round so early in the morning without my second cup of coffee :) "Giz a bite of that bicky" she yells in her thick Brummy accent :) Have a lovely day!

Beatrice Charles said...

The only sure guarantee is that the biscuit will not make it past elevenses, sale or no sale. (I have bought your book, just in case. No biscuit should crumble in vain.)

liz young said...

So it's a bit like a warranty? Not a typo, which was my first thought on seeing your post on FB!

Carolb said...

I'll stick with the easier word, Patsy.

And I can definitely guarantee that the biscuit will be crumbs by now. :D

Maggie May said...

Guarantee is how I always spell it because it's how you say it. Funny language is English.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

The biscuit had it coming...

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

so phunnie

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

or as my wife likes to say, "Aye, que funny"

Patsy said...

I think this might well be the last time I use the word, Nicola. I was starting to confuse myself.

Patsy said...

Thank you for trying to save the biscuit, Beatrice. You're right that it was gone before eleven, but I ate it gently.

Patsy said...

Wouldn't be my first typo, Liz - but I'm pretty sure I've got this one right.

Patsy said...

You are both sensible and correct, Carol.

Patsy said...

It's a very weird language, Maggie. Weird but good.

Patsy said...

Well, if they must hide behind chocolate, what can they expect, Alex?

Patsy said...

I think you're both right, Mac.

oscar case said...

Funny that!! Looks like the cookie has already got it.

Patsy said...

They have a tough life round these here parts, Oscar.

Jan Baynham said...

A new one for me, too, Patsy. I've only seen 'guarantee'. I love these posts about words. :-) (especially when they're accompanied by photos of choccie biscuits!)

Patsy said...

Glad you like the posts, Jan. I have more coming.

Susan A Eames said...

Well knock me down with a battered biscuit! I didn't know there was any way to spell guarantee than - well - guarantee!

Patsy said...

To be honest, you probably didn't need to know, Susan.