Dun Writin’—Now Whut? A series by Susan Uttendorfsky – Owner of Adirondack Editing – (14 Homonyms, Homograhs, and Homophones)

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Yes, I know he is a brutish ape, they are are–apes, that is–but at least read this post on Editing Homonyms, Homographs, and Homophones. You will see that some apes can write and read, and eat bananas — sometimes at the same time!

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Homonyms, Homographs, and Homophones

I had a lot of fun researching today’s post. (Yes, I’m an über-geek, but let’s just keep this to ourselves, shall we?) You may be wondering what these words are (and how in the world they pertain to writing), but you’ll be surprised once I define them. I’m sure you know exactly what they are; you just don’t know the official words for them. And we’re only interested in one when it comes to writing and editing.

Homonyms are words with the same spelling and the same pronunciation, but they have different meanings:

  • bear (animal) and bear (tolerate)

  • rose (flower) and rose (past tense of “rise”)

  • spruce up a room and a spruce tree

See? You knew that, right? Let’s go on.

Homographs are words with the same spelling, but different pronunciation and different meanings:

  • desert (to abandon) and desert (an area of land)

  • a bass…

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