Keep On, Creeping
I wrote this phrase
recently... "waiting for my heel to heal" ...and then I thought what fun it was
to express myself using a homonym.
"Heel" and "heal" - they're homonyms,
right? ...Not right. They're homophones.
When did that happen? When did they
change the rules? I've never heard of homophones.
But that's not all. There's also
something called homographs.
So, there you have it. Homographs, Homophones, and Homonyms ... Oh,
Here's what I've learned.
=== Homographs are words that are written the same way but have different
meanings and often different pronunciations:
'Wind' can mean the movement of air when talking about the weather. It can
also mean to follow a course or way that is not straight; the road winds through
the mountains. These are different words with different pronunciations although
they are written the same way.
=== A Homonym is a word that is written and
pronounced the same way as another, but which has a different meaning.
'Lie' can be a verb meaning to tell something that is not true or to be in
a horizontal position. They look and sound the same, but are different verbs as
can be seen from their forms:
Lie-lied-lied (to say something untrue)
Lie-lay-lain (to be in a
=== Homophones are words that are spelled
differently but sound the same.
'Rain', 'rein' and 'reign'
'To', 'Two', and 'Too'
Shouldn't our teachers have called us to let us
know the rules changed? And if that's not bad enough, do you know what
letters are vowels?
Sure you do... A E I O U
sometimes... Y ...you quickly added this,
though you're hard pressed to remember when "Y"
counts as a vowel. Well, guess what? Something new has been added
And sometimes... W ...
"Double You"? You've got to be kidding.
Nope, it's a fact. Another new fact
they've added after we graduated.
Are you starting to feel like one of the Seven
Wonders of the Ancient World? Oh, did you miss
that one, too? The Seven Wonders of the World
we learned about are now referred to as
the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Are you feeling old now? Feel like you've
traveled into some warped time frame in the future? Not yet? Then
try this. Ask your grandson, niece, or nephew, ask any 10 year old kid if
they know who Elvis is, or the Beatles. You'll be shocked to learn that
they've never heard of 'em.
Stay well... and keep getting
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