Para CordPara Cord is the mis spelled word paracord. Paracord is the shortened word for parachute cord.
You hear people talk about paracord, parachute cord, mil spec cord and 550 cord (there are more names than that). The first timer into paracord might not realize they're mostly talking about the same thing.
How would someone know how to spell paracord in a search for the first time? Is it para cord, para-cord or paracord? In a search for para cord the correct spelling comes up quickly. However, para cord spelled wrong is so often searched advertisers use it as a key search term. Within the first few lines or listings of a google search for para cord that name will quickly give way to paracord and parachute cord. It further gives way to just paracord because that is the popular name today.
Another popular name for parachute cord is 550 cord. Parachute cord has a 550 pound break strength. The name 550 Cord comes from the strength of the cord and paracord was the easier version to say. These two names became the most popular nick names for parachute cord.
Parachute cord is exactly what it sounds like. It was the suspension lines for parachutes during World War II. The military contracts its manufacture to very tight specifications. That's why it's also called mil spec cord or mil spec paracord. It is still used for parachute suspension lines but it also became the everyday use cord in the military. After World War II paracord was found in military surplus stores. Everybody liked it. Manufactures started making a very similar version called type III commercial cord with the same strength, very similar characteristics, and lots of colors and patterns.
Paracord is one of the most popular cords or ropes on the market today. It is extremely popular in the USA and is making a strong showing in foreign markets as well. It is used for all kinds of daily tasks from repairing or securing something to arts and crafts.