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How many homonyms/homophones can you come up with?

Asked by jlm11f (12378points) June 3rd, 2008

No google-ing allowed! Examples – pear and pair. carrot and carat. clique and click. i will add more once i think of them!

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St.George's avatar

too, to, two
there, their, they’re

St.George's avatar

Mary, Merry, Marry

AstroChuck's avatar

lyre, liar
flower, flour
know, no
whirled, world

St.George's avatar

taut, taught

joeysefika's avatar

straight, strait

jlm11f's avatar

@ Megan – i wouldn’t pronounce “Mary” and “Marry” the same. but i guess they are close enough huh?

St.George's avatar

@ PnL I was told that it depends on what part of the country you live

St.George's avatar

Pale, pail

jlm11f's avatar

wow you guys are pretty good!

AstroChuck's avatar

@joey- Isn’t ton and tonne just different ways of spelling the same word? Like programme and program or catalogue and catalog?

joeysefika's avatar

@Astro i always thought one was metric and one was imperial
1000 pounds and 1000 kilos

jlm11f's avatar

@ joey – fore can also go with your “four and for”

jlm11f's avatar

bare, bear
sea, see
boar, bore

AstroChuck's avatar

You might be right ‘bout that.

St.George's avatar

lane, lain

jlm11f's avatar

according to http://dictionary.com, ton and tonne are synonymous.

Randy's avatar

Lei, lay

St.George's avatar

What about homophones/homonyms with more than one syllable? It looks like flower/flour is the only one we have so far.

joeysefika's avatar

dyeing, dying
i suppose dye, die then

jlm11f's avatar

mike/mic !

@ megan – more than one is okay as long as you aren’t going into phrases i think.

wizard's avatar

Haha, right & write. That’s the easiest thing I could think of. Good thing no one’s posted it yet!

joeysefika's avatar

won, one
or you pronounce those differently?

jlm11f's avatar

yolk, yoke.

jlm11f's avatar

i pronounce them the same

joeysefika's avatar

death, deaf

ebenezer's avatar

blue, blew

St.George's avatar

Shoe, shoo

jlm11f's avatar

hmm death, deaf are definitely too different in my opinion

jlm11f's avatar

caught, cot

ebenezer's avatar

wrought, rot

jlm11f's avatar

effect, affect

ebenezer's avatar

tin, ten
pin, pen

ezraglenn's avatar

shoot, chute
read, reed
tie, Thai
try,tri
by, bi
stirrup, stir-up

Randy's avatar

Oh! Randy and Randi.

Do names count? There could be a bunch of them.

Randy's avatar

Rome and roam.

St.George's avatar

pact, packed

AstroChuck's avatar

My Crow Waves
Microwaves
okay, I’m cheating now.

jlm11f's avatar

fare, fair.

@ randy – i think all names can be spelled in too many different ways which would make it complicated. like…Rebekka, Rebecka, Rebekkah, Rebecca.

richmarshall's avatar

This is why the english language is so difficult to learn.

AstroChuck's avatar

tare, tear
tale, tail
which, witch
weather, whether
whale, wail

Randy's avatar

@ PnL- yeah, i thought I was on to something untill I realized that.

jlm11f's avatar

@ AC – situation, sit you asian. j/k !

breedmitch's avatar

chuck, whirled and world are pronounced differently.

jlm11f's avatar

@ breedmitch – i think it is one of those pronunciations that depend on the location

Notreallyhere's avatar

lite-light
lock-lack
leave-live
gone-gun

jlm11f's avatar

@ notreallyhere – i think you missed the point. lock and lack? you pronounce them the same? same for leave-live, and gone-gun. we are talking about words that are spelled differently/mean something different (so lite and light don’t work either) but are pronounced the same.

St.George's avatar

If s/he’s Australian s/he might pronounce those the same.

Notreallyhere's avatar

really?...I don’t pronounce effect and affect the same, do you?

St.George's avatar

I pronounce effect and affect differently and I’m in NorCal.

Notreallyhere's avatar

Apparently Pnl does

jlm11f's avatar

hmm good point. i can see them sounding the same when someone is talking fast, but you are right about them not being the same when spoken clearly. did i use any other words wrongly?

Notreallyhere's avatar

that’s ok. Most of the words people mentioned are pronounced slightly different

breedmitch's avatar

“Candide” and candied.

Seesul's avatar

eight and ate
sight and site
weight and wait
great and grate
greater and grater
ale and ail
mail and mail

bail and bale
tail and tale
bite and byte

Seesul's avatar

sorry, iPhone messing up. Hope I didn’t duplicate, but I’m too tired to go through
the list again.
Edit: mail and male

Seesul's avatar

cel, cell, & sell
gnu, new & knew
might, mite

ezraglenn's avatar

@seesul, actually “mail and mail” does work, because the question asks about homonyms as well as homophones.
Two words spelled the same with different meanings, like mail with postage and mail in armor, are actually homographs which is a subcategory in homonymy.
(As it turns out, homophones are also a subcategory of homonyms)

shrubbery's avatar

Sorry people, my answer isn’t exactly correct since they all start with different sounds but it’s still pretty hilarious.

themherme's avatar

close, clothes
ade, aide
bowled, bold
you’ll, yule
reek, wreak
affect, effect
doc, dock
see, sea
air, heir
quarts, quartz
aisle, isle
rays, raise, raze
altar, alter
taile, tale
ate, eight
doe, dough
crews, cruise
write, right
cote, coat
rose, rose
caret, carrot

MissAnthrope's avatar

maize, maze
where, wear
here, hear
piece, peace
wrack, rack
pea, pee
prince, prints
way, weigh
which, witch
blue, blew
sun, son

babygalll's avatar

weight, wait
sight, site
feet, feat
cereal, serial
threw, through
whole, hole
too, to, two
past, passed
scene, seen
here, hear
council, counsel
allowed, aloud
course, coarse
buy, bye, by

Seesul's avatar

good point, ezra, but it was very late, I was on my iPhone, and it was giving me trouble, so it wasn’t intentional. It’s nice how a dumb mistake can point out even more subtleties in the English language.

I guess my favorite thing when running into non-native English speakers that are learning the language is to point them to the I Love Lucy episode where Ricky is reading a story to Little Ricky that uses various pronunciations of “ough”.

spendy's avatar

hair, hare
nose, knows

scamp's avatar

caulk, cock

babygalll's avatar

Almost forgot.

rolls, roles

babygalll's avatar

night, knight

babygalll's avatar

rider, writer

jlm11f's avatar

@ babygalll – wow you are really good at this!!

pixiequeen12's avatar

their there
tier tear
but butt
blue bleu
wren ren
thyme time
mead meed
principle principal
deer dear
die dye
mai my
serf surf
racquet racket
knit nit
beadle beatle (only in america)
gene jean
i ay eye
ant aunt (america)
inn in
snyper sniper
be bea
dew due do

spendy's avatar

I looked quickly and didn’t see this one:

clique, click

Sorry if it’s a repeat

jlm11f's avatar

@ spendy – i had that one in the description of the question. but you are forgiven :)

spendy's avatar

Serves me right…I scrolled all the way up but didn’t re-read your blurb. WHOOPS ;)

rasputin6xc's avatar

facts, fax
raise, raze

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