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Homophones are words that share the very same pronunciation but differ in spelling and also meaning, such as totootwo; and so, sew, and sow.

Homographs share the very same spelling, and also sometimes the exact same sound, however have actually various meanings. An instance is well, as in wishing well, and well, as in well wishes.

Words that share the exact same spelling but have actually various sounds and also definitions are also dubbed heteronyms. Sow, a female adult pig (pronounced sou), and sow, to scatter seed (pronounced soh), are heteronyms; they’re homographs, as well.

And then there’s confusingly equivalent words, such as affect and also effect, desert and dessert, flammable and also inflammable (both expect combustible, easy to capture fire).

Homophones and also confusingly comparable words are the stuff that malapropisms are made of. A malapropism is the unintentional misusage of a word by confusion through one of similar sound, through humorous results. Before grampaw can read my poem, he had to put on his testicles.

Malapropisms from Gloria on Modern Family

“Don’t offer me an old tomato.”

“Blessings in the skies.”

“Carpool tunnel syndrome.”

“It’s a doggy dog people.”

Some (homophone: sum) of my favorite homonyms, homophones and also confusingly equivalent words:

colonel an officerkernel  seed in a nut

delusion misleading of the mindillusion  misleading of the mind as well as a misleading of the sensesThe lake mirage, much on the desert horizon, was a tantalizing illusion. Steve, crazed by thirst, gave into the delusion that if he flapped his arms hard enough, he might fly to it.Though the words overlap in definition, delusion is the stronger word. Illusion, yet, is the more widespread word.

discreet tactful, prudent, circumspect; save something quietdiscrete separate, detached, individually distinctA discreet method to inform a gentleguy his pants are unzipped is to lean forward and whisper in his ear, “Pardon me, sir, your fly is dvery own.” Discrete from this is the following method… suggest at the poor guy’s groin and also say loud sufficient for everyone to hear, “Hey! Got a license to market warm dogs? Your fly’s open, pervert!”

Thanks to computer system spelling checkers and also unreasoning writers, discreet and also discrete are so frequently “misspelled” and mixed up that we all might as well throw our hands up and also allow interchangeable spelling for these two words.

Wait a minute! If we did that, discreet / discrete and discrete / discreet would certainly come to be both homophones and homographs – 2, 2, two mints in one!

The Word Detective, a good blog for word lovers through a feeling of humor, dissects discreet / discrete. 

eruption sudden violent discharge; outbreakirruption sudden violent entrance; invasion

flew did flyflue  chimneyflu influenza

hail icehale  salute, greet; summonhale healthy

insight seeing deeply right into somethinginmention pick a fight

pare whittle downpair 2 of somethingpear fruit shaped like that nice woguy who stays across the streetOh, tright here she is now!

precisian a perkid who is rigidly exact or punctilious, especially as regards religious rules. The Puritans who landed at Plymouth Rock were precisians. So, I guess, are the Taliban.precision accuracy; exactness

steal take without permissionsteel iron treated via intense warmth and also mixed through carbon to make it difficult and also tough

tire to come to be weary.tire ring of rubber, normally inflated with air, placed about the rim of a wheel to provide tractivity and also cushion the ride. The British spell it tyre, and also thereby adjust a homograph to a homophone.I quickly tire of Steve’s stupid blog. I’d quite readjust a level tire in the putting rain than check out it.

vice ethical fault or failingvise tool with tight-holding jaws

waiver relinquishment of a best or obligationwaver someone who vacillates or is unsteady

See my master list of all the homonyms, homophones, and also various other confusingly similar words I’ve posted to date.

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