Wednesday, June 1, 2011

HOMONYM

homonym
Two (or more) words which look or sound the same, but have distinct and unrelated meanings. These fall into three groups:
■ Words which are written and pronounced in the same way:
seal  tackle  last  swallow
■ Words which are written in the same way but pronounced differently:
sow  lead
These are also referred to as homographs.
■ Words which sound the same but are written differently:
meet/meat  right/write/rite
These are also referred to as homophones.

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