Carat and carrot are, of course, homophones. And this means that phrases such as ’24-carrot gold’ are commonplace. It’s an amusing mistake, but not when someone else finds it in your writing.
- (or karat) a measure of the purity of gold
- a unit of weight of precious stones
- tapering root vegetable (often orange in colour)
- the plant that produces carrots
- something offered as an incentive or a means of persuasion
My tip: carrots are root vegetables (and they will rot).