Should we return the favor

return / return the favor

Who is with a friend reciprocatedwho pays him something in return out of gratitude. What creates confusion, however, is that the word has two meanings. It can also express that we are taking revenge on someone, which perverts the positive meaning, but the French se revancher (revenge) more similar is what the spelling explains.

So is revang not correct, even if the French origin is sometimes a linguistic stumbling block, because after all there are words in French that sound very similar, but with one G to be written. Let us think of shunting. However, this works ranger back, being the origin of the revenge at the verb revencher to look for. This is just with ch written.

Another reason for the incorrect spelling, so revoke, can also be found in English. The English word for vengeance is namely revenge and whoever takes revenge on someone relies on the verb to revenge. Accordingly, our spelling is borrowed from French, which is why revoke is downright wrong.

spreading of revang and retaliate

In connection with the correct spelling of a word, it is sometimes very interesting to take a look at the spread of the spelling error. This allows us to see the extent of the spelling incorrectly and see if it is difficult to spell.

For this we can use a tool from Google: Google Trends. The little helper enables us to compare different spellings in relation to the monthly search frequency in the search engine. So we can see which variant, in this case revang or retaliate, searched more often and is therefore naturally more common. At least in terms of search queries.



Now is interestingthat the correct spelling has the edge after a close head-to-head race, but the wrong spelling is gaining traction and is now almost on a par. The word can therefore be considered difficult to spell because revoke makes up over a third of all search queries.

Incidentally, this ratio is not that rare, even if one could assume that the incorrect spelling would always have to be inferior. In particular, words whose correct spelling cannot really be heard have a rather alarming relationship in terms of distribution: disaster / disaster, Allen key / Allen key, or acquisition / acquisition and Amatur / armature.

Examples with correct spelling

Since difficult words are best internalized and learned when they are kept in mind, we would like to end this post with a few example sentences. Maybe this is how we can manage the erroneous verb revang to banish for good.


I ask for onerevengeand I'll be with my fineretaliate.
Thank you for inviting me. I will on occasionretaliate.
We have toretaliate,after all, we lost 3-0 back then.