According to Wikipedia a homonym is:
Homonyms are words that are both spelled and pronounced the same as each other, yet have different meanings. The category is somewhat subjective, because words sometimes have related, only very slightly different, meanings. Some authors use the term more broadly, to refer to homographs (words spelled the same as each other but pronounced differently) or homophones (words spelled differently but pronounced the same).
Isn't it interesting that we (Jocelyn, James and I) all took our own paths with the words we chose?
With forty shades of green, it's hard to be blue.
Garg 'nuair dhùisgear! Virtutis Gloria Merces
This is humbling because I would like to consider myself a writer, and have things published, but it is embarrassing sometimes to realize I have written the wrong homophone/homographs/homonyms.
To sound REALLY stupid, I have a tough time with the homographs of Then and Than.
For years I have always used Microsoft Word 2003 and now just upgraded to Microsoft 2016 and the difference in grammar correction is profound. Man my writing seemed stupid just a short while ago. I look back at those little green lines under what I wrote and think, 'Really, I missed that?'
I am so forgiving to others on here not knowing if English is their second language, they got goofed by autocorrect, or are just like me and go wayward.
Pretty neat post. I never actually knew the terms "homonyms" or " homophones". Coming from a guy whose idea of a good time involves a pen and a blank sheet of paper? Will the learning ever cease here on this forum. Loll. Larry
Not directly on the subject but I saw this sign a few years back. I had seen this sign a thousand times and never really thought about it much, just processed it and moved on. For some reason, on this day, the sign made me feel dumb. Let me explain a bit, I am not educated but I do consider myself smart....70% of time at least:) So, I read the sign "prescribed" rang out in my head. I'll try and illustrate it as best as I can, here's a peek in my head.
"prescribed? scribed in advance. hmmm pre scribbled, how many times have I used "perscription" PER! I'm an asshole...wait script, scribe, scripture, subscription, conscript, etc..."
Anywho....English is cool. I do speak Chinese as well, thats even cooler. no alphabet!