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difference between homophone and homonym
This is getting more and more confusing the more I look it up. Sources are conflicting.
So, according to The Little, Brown Handbook:
Homonyms are words that are pronounced the same but have different spellings and meanings, such as heard/herd and to/too/two.
My use of bow was wrong, because
"Take a bow" and "bow and arrow" are pronounced differently.
Furthermore, homophone is used as a definition of homonym in Merriam Webster's.
The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as: a word that is spelled the same as another word but that does not have the same meaning
And finally, on wikipedia (which isn't necessarily the most reliable):
Homophones (literally "same sound") are words that share the same pronunciation regardless of how they are spelled. Homophones may be spelled the same (in which case they are also homographs) or spelled differently (in which case they are heterographs). Homographic examples include tire (to become weary) and tire (on the wheel of a car). Heterographic examples include to, too, two, and there, their, they’re.
Homonyms can therefore be seen as the subset of homophones that are spelled the same, which is logically the same as the subset of homographs that are pronounced the same. This means words that are spelled and pronounced the same (but have different meanings).
So that serves me right for going off of what I truly believed was correct information. Sorry about that!!!
It is really very confusing even for a content writer.
50 homonym words that confuse a content writer
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I think that those examples are neither homonyms nor homophones.
Last edited by sash2008; 10-Jun-2009 at 01:35.
I think you're right...I would call that
50 commonly confused words for content writers.
According to her own definition, those are not homonyms. Some of them are homophones, though, such as alter/altar.
I just want to know the relationship between light (the opposite of dark) and light (the opposite of heavy). Is it polysemy or homonymy?
between knight and night
pupil ( a young student ) and pupil ( the small black round area in the middle of your eye).
fall (autumn) and fall (to drop)
Last edited by sash2008; 10-Jun-2009 at 02:15.