I just couldn’t resist this title. Can you believe it was the name of a general store in Goa, India?
So what’s same, same but different, different?
Some words. Homophones, homonyms and homographs, they’re called.
Homphones – (meaning ‘same sound’) – words that have the same pronunciation, often different spelling but different meanings. For example, which/ witch or be/ bee.
Homonyms (meaning ‘same name’) – words that have the same pronunciation, the same spelling but different meanings. For example, bear – the animal and bear – to tolerate.
Homographs – (literally meaning ‘same writing’) words that are spelled the same, but have different meanings and pronunciation. For example, bass (the fish)/ bass (musical term pronounced as ‘base’).
Don’t worry about the labels though. Just remember, these are all words that can be easily confused and often overlooked by spell checkers and/ or are mispronounced.
Here’s a list of homophones that are often misspelled.
I’m sure you can think of many more homonyms, homophones and homographs. Let me know in the comments.
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