Homophonia

September 5, 2014 at 6:04 am Leave a comment

How do you navigate through the complexities of the English language…carefully! And with a good dose of reading widely and editing religiously you can avoid these common homograph and homophone traps.

 

homophones

 

homograph is a word that has the same spelling as another word but has a different sound and a different meaning: lead (to go in front of)/lead (a metal)

Other befuddling examples include:
The bandage was wound around the wound.
The farm was used to produce produce.
The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
We must polish the Polish furniture.
Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

A homophone is a word that has the same sound as another word but is spelled differently and has a different meaning: to/two/too

I have written about others in my post on they’re/their/there.

As always there are no rules around getting these right, except for abbreviations of course where you simply see if the word is actually two words, shortened!

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