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Is there a term to describe words whose pronunciation bears no relationship to their spelling?

The English language is peppered with wonderfully weird spelling/pronunciation combinations. For example colonel, pronounced kur-nl, probably my favorite there isn't even an r in the word! ...
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What is the name for words which, when the order of letters is reversed, spell other words?

For example: Lamina / Animal Dog / God Ogre / Ergo Desserts / Stressed Tuba / Abut These are all anagrams, but they are a special type of anagram, where the order of letters is exactly reversed. ...
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What do you call words that are typed the same way on a phone keypad?

Words that are pronounced the same are homophones. Words that are spelled the same are homonyms. What do you call words that are typed the same way on a telephone keypad? (you have to watch out for ...
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Term for written paralanguage?

Is there a term for words filling in for body language (*sigh*) and/or for typography being used to express tone or intonation (THIS IS SHOUTING)?
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What is the correct spelling and definition of a word (sp.) “enditement” [closed]

Whilst watching The Big Bang Theory (S04E11, ~06:45 in, where Howard and Stuart are talking in the Comic Book Store about Zack), I heard the following exchange: — Is that sarcasm? — No, it's an ...
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Terminology for pairs of words with the same meaning, similar or same pronunciation but different spelling

Is there a term describe word pairs like colour/color that have the same meaning, similar or same pronunciation but a different spelling? The most common examples I can think of are English/American ...
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Are there any words that are spelled the same but have separate etymologies? [closed]

There are many words that are spelled the same but have different meanings due to development of polysemy over time from an original etymology. Are there any word pairs in English that have the same ...
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Deleter or deletor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb? Assuming it would even be a word, how would I describe someone or something that "deletes": deleter or ...
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“We'll do it in a…”

Today in my mathematics class my lecturer used a phrase I am very familiar with, and I suspect many others may be familiar with too. However, when thinking about how one would write a particular word ...
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How to spell [ʒʊʒd] and what does it mean?

I heard this strange word in American Dad over a year ago and it's been bugging me ever since. Not only do I have no idea how it's spelt, I have no idea how it could possibly be spelt. My only guesses ...
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Engineering from or Engineering in

Should i write Bachelor of Engineering from [Place] or Bachelor of Engineering in [Place] Seems both sound right to me, or might be i am not good in my English language usage.
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Term for words with identical spelling but different meaning and different pronunciation

What do you call words with identical spelling but different meaning and different pronunciation? A couple examples are bass and resume.
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What does “it tastes like horspy” mean?

I heard an expression today but I did not know how it is written or what it is. And I could not find it with Google. It's something like: it tastes like horspy Any pointers?