I came across the word oronym while researching the meanings of homophones, homonyms, homographs, and such.
Until I discovered the word, I had no idea there was such a name for a concept I was more than familiar with. Given the way the English language is structured and spoken, it should have come as no surprise.
Homophones are words that sound alike but don’t necessarily have similar meanings; they could have totally different definitions.
However, there are some that not only sound alike but also have similar meanings. That’s what I want to tackle here.
Sound-alike words with similar meanings
Do you ever wonder whether to use one word over another when they both seem to mean the same or similar things? I know I do. This is when the dictionary comes out.
I’ve chosen three examples that I’ve had trouble with in the past. I thought (before I started writing this post) that I had a fairly clear, albeit slightly clouded, grip on the differences in meaning.