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Questions tagged [homophones]

Homophones are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings. They aren't necessarily spelled the same.

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Are the words “Aural” and “Oral” homophones?

Are the words "Aural" and "Oral" usually pronounced the same? Does it vary by dialect? Are there strategies that people use to differentiate them when listening to spoken English?
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Tear (eye water) vs Tear (rip and rend)

I'm working on a fiction story titled "The War of Tears". Now most people would read the last word, Tears, as the water that comes from ones eyes when emotional. However, I want it to be Tears, as in ...
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Specific type of abbreviation in textese

I would like to know if there is preexisting metalanguage or a term to describe the following types of abbreviations often present in textese or SMS language: see → c, you → u, are → r, your → ur, ...
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Polish and polish sort of words [duplicate]

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. Is there a name for two words with the same spelling but with different meanings? For example: Polish (someone ...
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Are “wuzzy” and “was he” homophones?

Can you have multiple-word homophones? If not, what would such pairs of same-sounding multiple words be called? There is the funny/children's rhyming poem Fuzzy Wuzzy: Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear. ...
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Explaining the “e” in “bye”? [duplicate]

Was the ‑e at the end of bye deliberately added in order to distinguish it from the word by? Did they do that so that that way, even though the two words sound the same, they look different when ...
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Should I pronounce the singular “Irishman” and the plural “Irishmen” identically?

Can someone tell me how to pronounce the following: Irishman/Irishmen I have read carefully, according to the online Oxford Living Dictionaries, the pronunciation of words like Irishman/Irishmen: ...
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Two distinct given names that have the same pronunciation? [closed]

Are there any two distinct given names that have the same pronunciation? There are many such among, for example, Japanese-language and Chinese-language given names. I wonder if there are any in ...
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Verbally differentiating between “sign” and “sine”

I'm teaching math to undergrads. The classes are taught in English, which is a second language for me. In the middle of one class I've stumbled upon an unexpected problem: the inability to ...
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an unheared missing word [closed]

Somewhere, I have heard a sentence similar to: The main problem is the plagiarism exosinated by the Internet. Instead of the meaningless bold word, what English similar word will make sense?
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Hyphenated and non-hyphenated words that are homophones?

We know of many cases where hyphens are necessary to distinguish a compound word (man-eating) from a pair of separate words (man and eating). But are there any cases where a hyphenated word has a ...
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Trying To Determine If There Is A Definition For This Type Of Spell/Word Play

Apologies for the extremely vague title but considering I don't even know how to properly phrase what I'm trying to ask, I had no idea how else to describe it. Basically I am familiar with homographs ...
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(translated) homophone request - luck & chicken

Homophone request. The Year of The Rooster is upon us. The Chinese love their homophones. We have “鸡” (toneless pinyin: ji) chicken and “吉” (toneless pinyin: ji) lucky. I'm trying to see if there ...
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Bear and Bare - Do you hear the difference? Perhaps those in NJ or NY? [closed]

So, for instance, Carrey and Berry have a difference with the vowels. Does anyone hear the difference in the two examples I gave? I am looking for the truest definition of "Homophone."
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Is there implicit racism in the word guerrilla?

The pronunciation of the word "guerrilla" is a close homophone to the word "gorilla". Is there any implicit racism in the origin or later usage of the word "guerrilla", based perhaps on the inferior ...
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Are “whores” and “horse” homophones?

I’m Spanish but sometimes see TV shows in English. My question is whether the words horse and whores sound exactly the same, because in many English language TV shows it seems like they are, which ...
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How to stop using homophones in written English

I am not natively an English speaker, though it is a taught language from childhood and I have been using the language long enough. I have a problem though with using homophones instead of the actual ...
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Are “dual” and “duel” necessarily homophones?

The pronunuciation of the words dual and duel is generally given in dictionaries as /ˈd(j)uːəl/. Thus the two words are homophones. However, saying these words to myself, I think I detect a slight ...
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“rendered mute” vs “rendered moot”

I have seen both, and now I am unsure when to use which. To the best of my knowledge "rendered mute" is roughly equivalent to "rendered speechless" and "rendered moot" to "rendered irrelevant". But I ...
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What kind of spelling error is using “are” in the place of “our”?

It's using the homophone but is there a name for that kind of spelling error in Child Writing Acquisition? The whole phrase is: After that we Played with are inten do will". Of course there ...
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Meaning of phrase “Early/late in the piece”

I've heard people say "this early in the piece" or "this late in the piece". It seems to be spoken as a kind of idiomatic expression, but I'm not sure what it really means. What is the meaning of the ...
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Why is “genius” often misspelt as “geniOus”? What are its etymons, etymology, homonyms and similar words? [closed]

Why do people confuse between similar or related words: genius, ingenious, genuous and ingenuous? Why has "genious" not been a valid word unlike both genuous and ingenuous, and genuine and ingenuine? ...
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Homogenous versus Homogeneous

I've always used the word (spelling) homogenous to describe things of similar nature. However, when I started university I heard everyone use the word homogeneous (pronounced "homo genius" or "homo ...
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In the phrase “to see how something fares / fairs”, is it “fare” or “fair” that should be used? [closed]

"To see how something(someone) fares, or fairs". Which is the correct one to use in this expression? And what is the etymology, or history behind the expression?
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Homophones/Homonyms/Homographs

I apologise in advance if this is a duplicate, but I did search this site and did not find exactly what I was after. I've been searching on Google for a while now regarding homophones, homonyms and ...
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Are “ball” (formal event) and “ball” (sphere for playing with) etymologically related? [closed]

This is a ball: source But so is this: source Why do we use the same word for a formal social gathering with dancing and a round toy for throwing and catching? Is there some kind of shared ...
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How do you deal with homonyms in a list?

I was thinking about it, and, is there a proper way to deal with having homonyms in a list? Would you characterize it as one object, for example: I have two notebooks in my bag. Or would you treat ...
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The word “mine”: Anyone else use a velar nasal /maiŋ/ for “belongs to me” meaning, but still /main/ for “explosive”/“coal mine”?

I think I naturally distinguish these words: mine (ie "belongs to me") /maiŋ/ mine (ie "explosive" or "coal mine") /main/ I vaguely remember noticing this years ago, but I was only just reminded of ...
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Where can I find a dictionary for homonyms? [closed]

I want to know where I can find a dictionary that I can look up homonyms of a word. For instance if I type in alien it will show me the word salient. That dictionary should base on the sound itself, ...
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What is the actual word for Leaving Out an Examination?

I am from Nepal, our primary language is not English, so many times there are confusion on words which sound similar and have similar meanings sometimes. Recently, I got into a situation, where I ...
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Homonyms/homophones and proper nouns

I introduced my 6-year-old to the concept of "homonyms" (though I've probably got it conflated with homophones or vice-versa). Since then he's been trying to find homonyms. He asked me just now: "Can ...
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Why are *accept* and *except* commonly misspelled as each other? Are they homophones?

Why are accept and except commonly confused for each other when writing? This is unlike most cases, where misspellings come from homophones. In my idiolect at least, accept is /ək.'sɛpt/, and except ...
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Usage of diffuse vs. defuse

I often hear phrases such as "infantry were sent in to diffuse/defuse the situation," and I am never quite sure which people are saying, and which is correct. Both seem to make sense. To me (a ...
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If a word has two different meanings, is it two different words or one word with different meanings?

My brother and sister-in-law are arguing about whether "train" meaning locomotive and "train" meaning teach constitutes one word with two different meanings or if it's two different words. I said ...
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Can anyone come up with two names whose pronunciations are respectively same as “who” and “how”? [closed]

I would like to find out occidental names whose pronunciation are close to my names in my native language. The first name and second name contain preferably only Latin alphabet. In order to state the ...
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Which word has the same pronuncation as the word “may”?

What is the homophone of the word may? I can't find one real dictionary of homophones, nor is there an answer through Google.
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Are homonyms considered single words?

There are many homonyms in the English language, words that are spelled the same and pronounced the same but have different meanings. A few examples: A grizzly bear can bear great weight. I stake out ...
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Is there a term/word for using an incorrect homophone

What would you call the following: Speak now or forever hold your piece.
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“Nice to talk to” or “Nice to talk too”

One of my friends has corrected someone on their grammar on a social media site. And they think they should say "Nice to talk too". I think it is "Nice to talk to", because "too" is an adverb meaning "...
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Distinguishing /f–t–θ/ in th-fronting and th-stopping dialects

In standard English, the digraph th is a dental fricative [θ, ð]. Several dialects feature th-fronting, where th becomes a labiodental fricative [f, v]; others feature th-stopping, where th becomes a ...
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“dispatch” v “despatch” [closed]

Using it in the example of: Can you log despatch and delivery of documents? Three questions: Is despatch a misspelling of dispatch that made its way into the dictionary? Could I use dispatch ...
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“Night” and “knight” in speech

In English as Germanic language K is ignored at the beginning of word in speech. Night and knight have to be pronounced similar. Then how to differentiate?
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Has the contraction “you’re” finally been replaced by “your”?

Your is almost universally used these days for you’re (“you are”). Is the misuse of your a result of ignorance, or is the contraction now formally dead?
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Are “flower” and “flour” always homophones?

Flower and flour are said to be homophones. However, considering the number of different pronunciations (/flaʊə/ like BrE sour, /flou(-ə)r/ like AmE sour, /flɑː/ (forvo) like BrE car, etc.) floating ...
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Are “rode” and “rowed” pronounced the same?

Is there an English accent which would distinguish these two sentences? He rode from the bridge to the pier. He rowed from the bridge to the pier.
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Do “here” and “hear” have the same phonetic transcription in the same country?

Is there any accent that makes a distinction when pronuncing “here” and “hear”? From Wiktionary: Here (UK) /hɪə(ɹ)/ (US) /hɪɹ/ Hear (UK) /hɪə(ɹ)/ (US) IPA: /hiːɹ/ So, according to that, US ...
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Is there a name for words following this pattern?

Word pairs like bizarre and bazaar, although spelled differently sound very similar. It also seems like they are more than just a pair of rhyming words. Is there a classification within rhyming words?...
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What is the correct pronunciation of the word “route”?

I have always used both "root" as in route 66 and "rooter" as in the networking device. The latter has gotten me funny looks often, however I could not bring myself to accept the inconsistency. Today ...
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How should I parse the sentence “Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.”

Why is the following statement valid, and how can I break it down so that it is easier to understand? Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
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use of contractions (and some homophones)

Is it true that the current usage and spelling of words like we're/were, there/they're/their, your/you're, etc. is shifting? I heard that in the next generation the apostrophe may be disappearing in ...