Currant or Current?

Mignon Fogarty

currant or current

A currant is a fruit similar to a raisin. In the 14th century, farmers in a Greek town called Corauntz exported these raisins to other European cities, and the fruit became known as raisins of Corauntz (or sometimes raisins of Corinth) and eventually simply as currants.


Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbour is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; whereas a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unrelishing meat. — William Makepeace Thackeray, Victorian English writer

Current has many meanings. As an adjective, it has to do with time or prevalence. As a noun, it is something that flows, such as water in a river or electricity along a wire.


But human experience is usually paradoxical, that means incongruous with the phrases of current talk or even current philosophy. — George Eliot, Victorian English writer

Quick and Dirty Tip: Currant ends with ant, and ants eat food.

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About the Author

Mignon Fogarty

Mignon Fogarty is the founder of Quick and Dirty Tips and the author of seven books on language, including the New York Times bestseller "Grammar Girl's Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing." She is an inductee in the Podcasting Hall of Fame, and the show is a five-time winner of Best Education Podcast in the Podcast Awards. She has appeared as a guest expert on the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Today Show.

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