Homonyms have three "flavors," as defined by Merriam-Webster Dictionary:
1. Homonym — words that are spelled and pronounced alike but differ in meaning
~ Example: a pool of water and pool the game.
2. Homophones — words pronounced alike but differ in meaning and/or spelling
~ Examples: all and awl; to, too, and two; and rite, right, write, and wright
3. Homographs — words that are spelled alike but differ in meaning and/or pronunciation
~ Examples: fair, market and fair, beautiful; and lead, to conduct and lead, metal
This post is for the homophone flavor.
And it's stocked with memes.
one of two or more words pronounced alike
but different in meaning or derivation or spelling
than vs. then
then vs. than
- Than is used as a function word, with comparative adjectives and comparative adverbs.
- Then references time and denotes what is next.
ball vs. bawl
bawl vs. ball
- Ball (as a verb) means to form something into a ball, like making meatballs.
- Bawl means to cry loudly and unrestrainedly.
scalding vs. scolding
scolding vs. scalding
- When something is scalding, it's boiling hot.
- When someone is scolding, they are finding fault noisily or rudely, using harsh language.
adopted vs. adoptive
adoptive vs. adopted
- Adoptive is defined as "relating to adoption."
- Customarily, adopted is the term assigned to the child, and adoptive is the term assigned to the parent.
bear vs. bear vs. bare
bare vs. bear vs. bear
- To bear something (used as a verb) means to wield or carry it.
- A bear (as a noun) is an animal.
- Something that is bare is uncovered or empty.
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