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:

Elephant's Child said...

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.

DEZMOND said...

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

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

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

nashvillecats2 said...

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

Adam said...

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

Misha Gerrick said...

Homophones get me every time.

CJ Kennedy said...

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

Pat Hatt said...

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

Shady Del Knight said...

Good one, E.C.!

Shady Del Knight said...

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

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

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...
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Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

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.)

Cherie Reich said...

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.

Stephanie Faris said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

I would have never figured that one out.

Sandra Cox said...

I think I like your language better, Dez:)

Sandra Cox said...

Hi, Alex.
They're easy to do.

Sandra Cox said...

Hi Yvonne,
Me too. grin.

Sandra Cox said...

Definitely!

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

It would be a tough second language.

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

Wouldn't that be the pits?

Sandra Cox said...

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

Chrys Fey said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

Oh my gosh. Good for the fifth greater!

Sandra Cox said...

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

The Happy Whisk said...

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.

Birgit said...

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

Sandra Cox said...

I hear you, my struggle is sit and set.

Sandra Cox said...

That's another one that will snag you.

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The Happy Whisk said...

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?