04 Aug

Hello there, person-using-the-word-raincheck

I have to officially admit, until relatively recently, I didn’t have a clue what this meant… and so google + I teamed up to ensure non of my dear readers should ever suffer the same horrific fate.

Definitions of raincheck on the Web:
A slip issued with a shipment when there are not enough copies of a document available for distribution to all selecting depository libraries. The raincheck indicates that more copies will be acquired and sent at a later date.

Hope to have saved you much embarressment and faux-pas opportunities.

Yours most faithfully,



Posted by on Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in selfish


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4 responses to “Raincheck

  1. Rose

    Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 11:36 am

    the term “raincheck”, when used in casual conversation, is usually referring to “I can’t make it this time, but I really want to, so let’s schedule another time!” So it’s a “try again” thing – a commitment to make sure it happens, but a cancellation of the initial plan.

    The definition you got from google typically would refer to when you go shopping and they’re out of the item, and you get a raincheck on that particular item.

    How is it that we both speak English, but they’re two very different languages? haha!

  2. rach

    Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 11:53 am

    Haha, thanks Rose for the cultural enlightenment. 🙂 I think I’ve heard people from home use the term too, but only rarely and hence the need for educating myself. Hmm, I wonder if it is an American term or not…. will need to check.

    Re-reading my post, you are quite right, the definition I gave is still pretty confusing. In my own mind I’d abstracted it out to understand (roughly) what it meant in a social context. It appears that once again, you are a master mind-reader 😉

    Thankyou very much!! Rxx

  3. Andrew MacCormack

    Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Wikipedia says:

    a ticket given to a spectator at an outdoor event providing for a refund of his or her entrance money or admission at a later date, should the event be interrupted by rain; an assurance of a deferred extension of an offer, especially an assurance that a customer can take advantage of a sale later if the item or service offered is not available (as by being sold out); or a (sometimes vague) promise to accept a social offer at an unnamed later date. The latter two meanings derive from the first, which OED states was first used in 1884; its first written entry into non-baseball usage is cited as 1930

  4. rach

    Friday, September 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks, Andrew! The original meaning makes so much more sense. 🙂


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