Facebook Fixes, part 26

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A quick tutorial

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Homonyms and homophones

I was talking with a friend about writing recently and homonyms came up in the conversation. Later on, as I was thinking about the conversation, I thought, “Oh shoot, I should have used the word homophone.”

But then I started to ponder the differences between homophones and homonyms, as well as homographs, and realized that I needed to do some research, because I was feeling a little iffy about my own personal knowledge.

Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently. Example: To, too, and two. Also: taut vs. taught, and hoard vs. horde.

Homonyms are words that are spelled the same way, but have different meanings. Example: Hail (to greet) and hail (precipitation).

Homographs are spelled the same way, but have different meanings. Examples: bass (fish) vs. bass (instrument), does (form of the verb to do) vs. does (a group of female deer).

Here’s a chart that shows the differences among the three:

Homonyms._homophones,_homographs(Chart found on Yahoo Images.)

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Hale vs. Hail

One kind of hail. (Yahoo Images)

One kind of hail. (Yahoo Images)

These are easy to mix up, but not difficult to remember once you know.

Hail (1), as a verb: 1) To cheer, salute, or greet. All of Virginia hailed the UVA Men’s basketball team after their ACC tournament win. 2) To call out to. I hailed a cab.

Hail (1), as a noun: 1) A shout to get attention or a called greeting. Norm answered the crowd’s hail when he entered the bar.

Hail (2), as a verb: To pour down hail; to pour down or shower like hail.

Hail (2), as a noun: Precipitation in the form of pellets or balls of ice.

Then there’s hale:

Hale, as an adjective: Healthy, robust, vigorous. He was a hale and hearty man.

Hale, as a verb: To compel (someone) to go; to haul; to pull. The sheriff haled the man into court.

 

 

 

 

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Segue vs. Segway

Segway06_mood_smallSegue vs. Segway.

Both are pronounced the same way, but they mean totally different things.

A Segway is the mode of transportation seen on the right.

Segue, however, is both a noun and verb, both with similar meanings (neither of which have to do with transportation.

Segue as a noun means “an uninterrupted transition made between one musical section or composition and another; any smooth, uninterrupted transition from one thing to another.”

Segue as a verb means “to make a transition from one thing to another smoothly and without interruption: The conversation segued from travel anecdotes to food.”

(Definitions from Dictionary.com.)

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