Friday, April 18, 2014

Confusing English Words

A friend sent this to me and I just had to pass it along.

Read to the end where you'll find an explanation of what these words are called in English grammar. Yeah, we all learned this back in 5th grade, but who remembers it now?? Anyway, have fun with the following sentences.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.
2) The farm was used to produce produce.
3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4) We must polish the Polish furniture.
5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.
6) The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the  desert.
7) Since there is no time like the present, please present the present.
8) A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
10) I did not object to the object.  
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
13) They were too close to the door to close it.
14) A buck deer does funny things when does are present.
15)  A sewer of men's clothing fell down into a  sewer line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to  sow.
17) The wind was too strong to wind up the sail.
18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting, I shed a tear.
19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

From at  comes this explanation:

Homographs, Homophones and Homonyms
It’s easy to confuse homographs with homophones and homonyms, but if you think about each word, they make more sense.
Homo-, as you know, means “same.” But the end of each word tells us what is the same.
·  Homograph - “Graph” has to do with writing or drawing. When you think about a graph, you envision a picture. If you read graphic novels, you know they have pictures. Someone drew them. So “homograph” means “same picture” or “same writing.” Homographs are written (spelled) the same.
·  Homophone - “Phone” has to do with sound. When you talk on the telephone, you hear the other person’s voice. When people in the 1800s used a gramophone, they were listening to music. And phonology is the study of a language’s sounds. So “homophone” means “same sound.” Homophones are pronounced the same.
·  Homonym - “Nym” means “name.” Stevie Nicks and Stevie Wonder have the same first name, but they clearly are different people. It’s the same with homonyms. They’re spelled the same (homographs) and pronounced the same (homophones), but they have different meanings. “Bow,” for example, means both “to bend at the waist” and “the front of a boat.”

And then there are heteronyms, where each of two or more words are spelled identically but have different sounds and meanings, such as tear meaning “rip” and tear meaning “liquid from the eye.” 

Now wasn't that fun?? :)