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  1. shawnmclg
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    what is the difference?

    What is the name of "words that sound the same but are spelled differently" for example, war and wore or their,there, and they're.

    conversely, what is the name of words that sound different but have the same meaning for example: ottoman vs. foot stool or bathroom, washroom, toilette, men's room"

    Please let me know.

    Thank you,
    Shawn


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    Re: what is the difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by shawnmclg View Post
    What is the name of "words that sound the same but are spelled differently" for example, war and wore or their,there, and they're.

    Not sure that there is a word...

    conversely, what is the name of words that sound different but have the same meaning for example: ottoman vs. foot stool or bathroom, washroom, toilette, men's room"

    Synonyms
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    Re: what is the difference?

    Here is a neat summary: Homophones are words that are spelled differently but sound the same and have different meanings. Examples are towed, toad, and toed.

    Homographs are words that are spelled the same but sound different and have different meanings. Examples are record, excuse, and wind.

    Homonyms are words that are spelled the same and sound the same but have different meanings. Examples are fluke and bank.

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