Oronyms: Egg Samples to Help you Real Eyes the Meaning of the Word

Fork handlesI 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.

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Homophones: Sound-Alike Words

typewriter_jamHomophones 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.

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