Homophones and Homonyms
(Explained and Demonstrated)
More and More Confusion with Language Usage
Dictionaries differ in their definitions of homographs, homonyms, and homophones which are closely related terms, some of them giving homonym and homophone as synonymous. This is considered a needless source of confusion, especially since the distinctions can be clearly analyzed from the derivations of the respective words.
First, homographs are words that are spelled alike but pronounced differently. Examples would be tear, as in crying tears and tear, as in tearing paper.
Second, homonyms are words that are spelled alike and sound alike but, because they have different origins, have different meanings. Bear, the animal, and bear, to carry, are homonyms.
Third, homophones are words that are not spelled alike but have the same sound. Peace and piece are homophones.
A well-known nursery rhyme gives us an example of homophones exaggerated:
Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair.
Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn’t fuzzy, was he?
No, he was a bare bear!”
Homophones-Homonyms in Action
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But my ate homophones lead the class.
Then a thought ran threw my head,
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My hole life seamed to fall into place.
Our school's principle happened to come buy,
And asked about the look in my I.
"My future roll I clearly sea."
"Sun," said he, "move write ahead,
Set sail on your coarse. Don't be mislead."
I will study homophones both day and knight.
For weaks and months, through thick oar thin,
I'll pursue my goal. Eye no aisle win.
Another page about Homonyms, Homographs, and Homophones.
Unit of homo-, hom- words.
Confusing Words: Units, Groups A to Y.