Confusing Words Clarified: Group T; Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Synonyms, Polysemes, etc. +

(lists of "T" sections that are organized into what for some people are confusing groups of words)

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turkey, Turkey
turkey (TUR kee) (noun)
1. A pejorative term referring to a foolish or inept person who is often a failure: "He was such a turkey to think he could have won at the roulette table."
2. A large bird that occurs in the wild in North, Central, and South America or one that is raised domestically; frequently cooked and served for festive occasions: "We bought a large turkey at the market because we were expecting a group of friends for dinner tomorrow."
Turkey (TUR kee) (noun)
The country known officially as the Republic of Turkey that spans the Anatolian peninsula in Western Asia and the Balkan region of southeastern Europe: "My friend's sister spent her summer vacation traveling with a tour group to Turkey and she thought it was a wonderful country to visit."

It is a well-known fact that the North American turkey is not able to fly to Turkey.

tutor, tutor, Tudor, Tudor
tutor (TOO tuhr, TYOO tuhr) (noun)
1. A private instructor who gives additional, special, or remedial instruction to someone or others: "I was able to find a tutor who could help me with my math course."
2. A graduate, usually a fellow, responsible for the supervision of an undergraduate at some British universities: "She is a tutor in European history at this British university."
3. A teacher or teaching assistant in some universities and colleges having a rank lower than that of an instructor: "A tutor at the university was assigned to provide additional guidance to foreign students about the English language."
tutor (TOO tuhr, TYOO tuhr) (verb)
To give extra academic instruction to someone as a teacher: "They were able to tutor foreign language students about English vocabulary in the evening."

"There are some teachers who stay after school to tutor students who need additional help in their subjects."

Tudor (TOO duhr, TYOO duhr) (noun)
1. An English ruling dynasty (1485-1603), including Henry VII and his descendants Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I: "There is a great deal of Tudor history to be learned about the rulers of England."
2. Of or relating to the royal monarchs of England: "When people study British history, they must not ignore the English royal family that descended from Sir Owen Tudor."
Tudor (TOO duhr, TYOO duhr) (adjective)
Relating to or characteristic of an architectural style having exposed beams as a typical feature: "The Tudor architecture employed large windows, many fireplaces, large bays, steep roofs, flattened arches, much carving, and paneling to make houses more livable."

The prince in the Tudor household always had his own tutor.

tweak, tweet, tweet, tweeter, tweetup, twit, twit, twitter, twitter
tweak (TWEEK) (verb)
1. To pinch, pluck, or twist sharply: "Her son is very annoyed when his aunt has to tweak his cheek."
2. To adjust; to fine-tune: "The company may have to tweak the software program once more."
tweet (TWEET) (verb)
To utter a weak chirping sound: "Rescue efforts of the man and woman were hampered by the flocks of birds that continued to tweet as they circled the couple's heads."
tweet (TWEET) (noun)
A post or status update on Twitter, a microblogging service: "Because Twitter only allows messages of 140 characters or less, tweet is as much a play on the size of the message as it is on the audible similarity to Twitter."
tweeter (TWEE tuhr) (noun)
A small loudspeaker designed to reproduce high-pitched sounds in a high-fidelity audio system: "We had to adjust the tweeter on our speaker."
tweetup (TWEET uhp) (noun)
A meeting or other gathering organized by means of posts on the social networking service Twitter (from tweet + up, based on the word meetup): "Her sister had quite a party after tweeting a tweetup to the twits that she knows."
twit (TWIT) (verb)
To taunt, to ridicule, or to tease; especially, for an embarrassing mistake or fault: "He continued to twit his mother long after it stopped being humorous."
twit (TWIT) (noun)
A foolish person: "He is a twit who always wants to tweet on Twitter."
twitter (TWIT tuhr) (verb)
To make fast and usually high sounds: "I could hear the bird twitter in the tree outside my bedroom window."
twitter (TWIT tuhr) (noun)
1. The short, high sounds that birds can make: "The twitter of songbirds filled the air."
2. In a twitter refers to being very nervous or excited about something: "She was all in a twitter about the birthday party."
3. A mini-blogging social-network service that lets a person update friends on what is going on at any particular moment: "Twitter allows blog posts of only 140 characters, which is just large enough for a sentence, or two, if they are very short."
4. A social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and to read other users' updates (known as tweets): "In March, 2009, Garry Trudeau's Doonesbury strip started to satirize Twitter, with the strip characters ironically highlighting the triviality of tweets and Roland, a character in the strip, defending the need to keep up with the constant-update trend or lose relevance in today's society."

In Garry Trudeau's "Doonesbury" comic strip of March 6, 2009, the last frame has a banner saying: Tweets for Twits.

The twit organized a twitter in order to tweak plans for the tweetup; however, although the twit used the twitter service, unfortunately there was a twitter who kept interrupting the efforts to tweet the twit's friends.

twill, twill, 'twill
twill (TWIL) (noun)
A fabric with diagonal parallel ribs and the weave used to produce such a fabric: "He was wearing pants make of cotton twill."
twill (TWIL) (verb)
To weave (cloth) so as to produce a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs: "She could twill the woven cloth into very beautiful material for dresses and shirts."
'twill (TWIL) (verb)
1. A contraction of "it will" which is an archaic or a literary usage: "Well, 'twill be a long time before I do anything like this again!"
2. There are other forms of 't or the missing letter i in it plus verb forms:

"Oh, come on, 'tisn't all that difficult."

Maybe 'twasn't for you, but 'twas for me and besides, 'tis easy for you talk this way when you didn't have to go through the trouble. I repeat, 'twasn't an easy thing to do and if 'tweren't for the help of my friend, 'twouldn't be done at all!"

It seems that 'twill be a long time before she finds a twill that she likes as well as the twill she saw in the store window.

Even though 'twon't make her happy if she has to settle for her second choice, 'twill be easy for you because you don't sew and so you don't know the difference between one kind of twill and another one.

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