Homophone to Homonym : Dessert, Desert, Desert

The English language is a minefield where spelling and pronunciation are concerned. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most difficult languages to learn. We have words that are spelt the same or pronounced the same but have different meanings (homonym) and words that are spelt differently but pronounced the same and have different meanings…… Continue reading Homophone to Homonym : Dessert, Desert, Desert

Homophones: Sound-Alike Words – Whose and Who’s

Who’s versus Whose? Homophones are sound-alike words. They are spelt differently but sound the same. Each word has a distinct meaning. If in doubt consult your dictionary or style book. A good proofreader will pick up mistakes such as these but it’s best to get it right in the first place. So, when do you use who’s and when…… Continue reading Homophones: Sound-Alike Words – Whose and Who’s

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

Here’s a fun one. While researching the meanings of homophones, homonyms, homographs and such, I came across the word oronym. Until I discovered it 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…… Continue reading Oronyms: Egg Samples to Help you Real Eyes the Meaning of the Word

They’re There Their

This is one you often see written incorrectly (usually it’s there and their that are confused). All three words sound just the same – a homophone. However, each one has a very distinct meaning. When in doubt consult your dictionary or style book. A good proofreader will pick up mistakes such as these but it’s…… Continue reading They’re There Their