GottaGoGolf has been using the “Rules of Golf” spelling caddie, but between the resurgance of vintage golf movie Caddyshack and the rise of new golf mobile app Who’s Your Caddy, we finally looked it up.
According to Grammarist.com, “caddie” (from the French cadet) refers to the golf assistant and “caddy” (from the Malay kati) means a small holder for tea. It says, however, that “caddy” is used about a quarter of the time as a synonym for “caddie” and is not too terribly wrong.
Further dictionary research revealed, however, that “caddy” is not at all correct when applied to the person carrying your golf bag.
Blame the confusion on the fact that two words with different meanings and spellings have the same sound — just like bear and bare. But that doesn’t mean Phil Mickelson will ever ask a question of a caddy.
OK, allow artistic license when it comes to titles for movies and mobile apps. But put your money on a CADDIE, whether it’s a he or a she.