Confusion sometimes occur in the minds of readers when it is becoming difficult to differentiate between two or more words which are similar in form….but with different meanings and pronunciations. Many words and phrases are frequently abused or misused.
The best way to avoid confusion is to gel familiar with such confusing words and phrases as good usage in English is based on the excellent knowledge of meanings, pronunciations and spellings of words and phrases.
Thus homophones which are considered as confusing are discussed in this chapter with an objective to avoid the flawed interpretations of bewildering words…thereby enhancing the knowledge of the readers.
A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word…but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of rise) or differently such as carat, caret and carrot. Thus, words which are similar in pronunciation, but unlike in spelling and meaning, are known as homophones.
Note : Homophones of multiple words (or) phrases are also known as oronyms.
Oronyms are words which are pronounced the same. Generally the word homophone is used to describe one of a pair or group of words that have the same sound (like prince and prints & allowed and aloud) whilst oronyms are normally strings of words (phrases) such as iced ink and I stink.
For examples :
ice cream vs. I scream
depend vs. deep end
euthanasia vs. youth in Asia
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