Wondering which is the correct spelling – ‘nerve wracking’ or ‘nerve racking’? And what is the difference between the two? We can clear that up, plus teach you how to use the correct one in a sentence.
Want a quick answer? Here it is:
Both phrases mean the exact same thing and can be used interchangeably.
But you might see people use them both– and interchangeably. That’s perfectly okay since they’re both widely accepted spellings of the phrase.
As you just learned, there is no real difference between these two phrases other than their spelling. That means they can’t be considered homophones.
The original spelling is without the 'w.'
The Merriam-Webster definition of the phrase is: “extremely trying on the nerves.”
Some synonyms of the word include:
To pronounce the phrase correctly, use the short guide below.
Now that you know what the phrase means and how to pronounce it, let’s look at some examples of how to use it when writing a sentence.
Since these phrases mean the same thing, and the only difference is the spelling, and you can use them interchangeably. Swap them out for each other at your own preference.
Now that we know what the phrases mean, how to pronounce them, and how to use them in a sentence, you should be able to form sentences of your own. Remember, it doesn’t matter which spelling of the phrase you use. Either is acceptable. Use the above examples as a guide while writing your own sentences.
If you ever get stuck and need more help, don’t be afraid to come back and refresh your memory.
We’ve also got a ton of content on other confusing words and phrases you might come across while learning the English language.