There are two words that are spelled very similarly but have two very different meanings.
If you’re looking to spell the word that means to rub, but sounds like message, you’re looking for the word massage.
The difference is just the second letter!
In this post, I’m going to try and clear up any confusion you have around these two words and save you from any future embarrassment or confusion!
How to Spell Message Like Rub (You Mean Massage)
The correct spelling of the word massage is M-A-S-S-A-G-E.
For those who are interested in the history of the word, this word comes from the French verb masser, which means “to knead or rub”.
Massage is a term used to describe various techniques of pressing, rubbing, and manipulating the muscles and other soft tissues of the body to improve health, relaxation, recovery from injury, or prevent future injuries.
Massage is an ancient technique that helps to bring relaxation to the body and mind.
While on the other hand, M-E-S-S-A-G-E means “a communication, usually consisting of words, sent from one person to another”.
So make sure you don’t confuse massage with message when it comes to spelling!
Are Massage and Message Ever Spelled the Same Way?
Despite seeing misspellings all over the internet, and having my spell checker trying to mislead me – these are two very different words as explained above.
Massage is always spelled with an ‘A’ instead of a ‘E’, so make sure you get it right, otherwise, the reader can easily be misled!
Even if it is an innocent mistake, you should almost always be able to tell when the writer meant by the context of the article or topic.
If they were talking about getting a massage, such as describing the benefits of some TLC, it should be obvious they’re not talking about sending someone a message.
Likewise, it’s hard to think of many sentences where someone would be talking about a message and misspell the word as ‘massage’ leaving you totally confused as to what they mean.
Which Is Correct; Message or Messege?
If we’re talking about massage therapy, as in receiving a physical therapy treatment such as Swedish massage or hot stone massage, the correct spelling is always massage.
If we are talking about sending a communication from one person to another or to many, the correct spelling is always message.
There is no middle ground, despite being just one letter different, these words are completely unrelated and so you should never spell them the same or use them interchangeably.
Just remember to look out for that letter ‘A’ when referring to massage and you’ll never go wrong!
I hope this post has helped to clear up any confusion and spelling confusion regarding the words ‘massage’ and ‘message’.
Now you can make sure your readers are getting the right message by using the correct spelling. Good luck!
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I’m a MA, (CMT) Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT), and Reiki Master — I’m a licensed massage therapist with over 10 years of experience in the industry.