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    nob or knob?

    What a knob / nob!

    Which one is correct? they sound exactly the same!


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    Re: nob or knob?

    Quote Originally Posted by HaraKiriBlade View Post
    What a knob / nob!

    Which one is correct? they sound exactly the same!
    They both are correct! They are homonyms - words that sound the same but spelled differently and have different meanings.

    It depends on what you want to say.

    A knob used in this manner is not a door knob, rather it is slang for an obnoxious person (in Canadian English this is certainly true and I think it is so in American English too.)

    A nob is also slang for a person of wealth or high social position (probably British English)

    So which one is correct? They both are and depend on the person who says the sentence.

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