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I am working on Levenshtein distance and I try to explain the concept. Is there a word that means that 2 words are "close graphically speaking".

I found homophone, or homogragh, but these words are not the one I am looking for.

edit : homophone can be used with relatively "long distance" words : 'close' and 'clothes' (are up to three character away). However 'take' and 'make' are 1 character away but not homophones.

edit : homograph is used for exact (visually) same word with different meaning

  • in two words you can use edit distance - it's more of a mathematical concept than a linguistic one – JonMark Perry Jul 4 '17 at 6:42
  • What do you mean by "close graphically speaking"? Why doesn't homograph fit? – user66974 Jul 4 '17 at 6:52
  • Could you just stick with Levenshtein distance? Near rhymes? Of course, cognates are close to the ear, not identical to the eye. – Yosef Baskin Jul 4 '17 at 15:05
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From Oxford: https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/paronomasia

In general, paronomasia other that homographic and homophonic includes the juxtaposition of words with small graphical differences. So you can say the two words are paranomasial

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