It seems that I've been trying to remember how to spell guarantee for years, and I still find myself doing the right-click-fix, every. single. time.

Are there any tricks / mnemonics for this word?

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    what part do you have trouble with? "Two A's two 'E's" or "G-U-A"?
    – Jim
    May 13, 2015 at 15:56
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    I could use this too, @MrDuk. I have a mental block as to whether it's "G-u.." or "G-a..". SMH May 13, 2015 at 17:07
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    Yeah! Whence the "gawr" sound go?
    – user98990
    May 13, 2015 at 17:33
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    How about "Gee, You Are pretty confident to offer this guarantee." Gets the 'G-U' combo and puts it before the 'ARE'. (You're on your own for the back half of the word, I'm afraid.)
    – Hellion
    May 13, 2015 at 17:54
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    What @Hellion said, or perhaps if you're more cynical- Most guarantees aren't worth guano.
    – Jim
    May 13, 2015 at 18:30

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I don't know. Guarantee and guard are two words that seem to have a superfluous 'u', and in French they both omit the 'u' (garantie and garde). Normally the 'u' would be there to harden a 'g' before 'i' or 'e' in words of Latin origin, but it's useless here and therefore I can't think of an easy way of doing it!

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    It's not that helpful, but if you have a knack for remembering etymologies it might help to remember that these words are related to the words "warranty" and "ward"; and a "w" in Germanic words usually corresponds to a "gu" in Romance words (compare English "war" and French "guerre").
    – herisson
    May 14, 2015 at 3:35

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