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anthony81212's avatar

What is this type of word called?

Asked by anthony81212 (389points) August 24th, 2008

Words that have the same spelling, but are pronounced different and mean different things.
W – I – N – D
It would either mean “wind” as in the movement of air, or “wind” as in winding up a clock or some mechanical device.

W – O – U – N – D
It would either mean “wound” as in “wind-ed” [second meaning of wind above]; or “wound” as in a flesh wound, scar, etc.

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Bri_L's avatar

as a really really bad speller,

I call them annoying!!

lefteh's avatar


Lightlyseared's avatar

Homographs are words that share the same spelling but have different meanings. Heteronyms are words that share the same spelling but are pronounced differently. Homophones are words that share the same spelling and are pronounced the same (ie bark of a dog – bark of a tree).

anthony81212's avatar

@ Lightlyseared, so my example words would be homographs and heteronyms?

I swear, I will forget these three grammar/spelling words by tomorrow

lefteh's avatar

@lightly: Homophones do not have to share the same spelling. A homophone can be a homonym (pronounced the same) or a heteronym (pronounced differently).

@anthony: Both of your examples are homographs and heteronyms.

lefteh's avatar

An example of a homograph that is also a homonym is fast.

I am preparing for my fast in protest of government spending.
Wow, that guy was fast.

lefteh's avatar

[removed by me..]

lefteh's avatar

Wow, this is confusing stuff. I just realized an error:

A homophone can be a homonym (pronounced the same) or a heteronym (pronounced differently).

I should have said a homophone can be a homograph (spelled the same) or a heterograph (spelled differently).


marinelife's avatar

“I say potato, you say potahto.” (Dan Quayle, of course said potatoe.)

Tantigirl's avatar

Okay, you are all officially causing my brain to experience an enormous amount of pain (as opposed to pane)!!! lol

Bri_L's avatar

@Tatnigirl – Best joke ever !!!

anthony81212's avatar

I think you mean ”brane” as opposed to “brain”

lefteh's avatar

Eye believe heed halve corrected hymn self iffy was ink erect.

shrubbery's avatar

Ok, I just realised something. “Phonetic” just completely ruins the point of itself.

pathfinder's avatar

Word in to the wind or the point of situatione is something clever.

Knotmyday's avatar

…and that sums it up.

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