Thursday, August 13, 2015

Common Homophones, Homographs and Homonyms

These little suckers can be very confusing. They can look alike and/or sound alike but have entirely different meanings.

Homophone: 'A word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning whether spelled the same way or not. Ex: heir/air.'

Homograph: 'A word of the same written form as another but of different meaning. Ex: Bear/carry, Bear/animal.'

Homonym: 'A word that is both a homophone and homograph, that is exactly, the same as another in sound and spelling, but different in meaning. Ex: Chase/pursue, Chase/ornament metal.'
~ Dictionary.com

35 comments:

  1. Sigh. Such a complicated language.
    And don't get me started on pronunciation.
    Ok you did.
    How would you pronounce GHOTI? Give up? Fish.
    That's right, fish.
    GH as in tough = F
    O as in women = I
    TI as in station = SH.
    Aaaargh.

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  2. Homographs are so very tricky sometimes ... My own language is phonetical which means that everything is pronounced as it is written

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    1. I think I like your language better, Dez:)

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  3. And I see those misspelled and misplaced all of the time...

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  4. I always am one of the ones Alex see mispelling, Great post Sandra, thanks for sharing.
    Yvonne.

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  5. I remember the teachers trying to explain "too". This was a tough concept for first graders.

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    1. Isn't that the truth?
      How's the book doing, Misha?

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  7. It's a wonder anyone learns to speak English as in the language, not in the spin put on a ball.

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    1. It would be a tough second language.

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    2. PS I'm being obtuse, but I don't get the spin on the ball:(

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  8. So much we have to take into account. Glad I never had to learn English as a second language.

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  9. To air is human, right Sandra?
    Ooooops, I mean to HEIR is human.

    To forgive my lame attempts at humor - divine. :)

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    1. How are you, Shady?
      I think I'll give up on trying to figure out airs and heirs:)

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  11. I agree with Pat: I'm glad I didn't have to learn English as a second language. It's hard enough to get them all straight when it's your first language. There's so many words like that. Principle/principal is another pair. Oh! pear/pare/pair. Eek. (BTW, I deleted the first comment because it was full of mistakes.)

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    1. Oh yeah, our language is so very confusing.....
      Mine is set/sit.

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  12. English can be rather complicated. The "they're," "there," and "their" reminds me of this week's Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. The guy said he'd never heard of "they're" before, so it couldn't be the answer and dismissed it. If the fifth grader hadn't gotten the right answer (they're), the contestant would've been out on the first question.

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    1. Oh my gosh. Good for the fifth greater!

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  13. People say English is the hardest language to learn--this is a great demonstration of WHY!

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    1. Isn't it the truth?
      Are you still hopping all over the internet with that wonderful cover?

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  14. I had no idea what those words were called. Ha! Great English lesson.

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    1. I'll probably forget what they're called by tomorrow. grin.
      How are you, Chrys?

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  15. You know what bugs me? Sweet and sweat. I think they should be switched. Because when I've jumped in the pond, I'm wet. And when I see a cupcake, I eat.

    Drives me batty, that.

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    1. I hear you, my struggle is sit and set.

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    2. Sweet and sweat is a pet peeve of mine, but I don't think of it until someone brings up words.

      Sit and set? What kind of struggle do you mean?

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  16. Oh, I have screwed them up more than once especially when to use too

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    1. That's another one that will snag you.

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