The Same Word – Or Is It?

There are a lot of words in the English language that look exactly the same, but sound different when pronounced. These are called heteronyms because they have both a different sound and a different meaning. Here are some good examples sent in by Aarifa, a member of the Peanut Gallery who likes to share such stuff.

1) The bandage was wound around the wound.

2) The farm was used to produce produce.

3) The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.

4) We must polish the Polish furniture.

5) He could lead if he would get the lead out.

6) The soldier decided to desert his comrades in the desert.

7) Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.

8) A bass was painted on The Fishermen band’s bass drum.

9) When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.

10) I did not object to the object.
11) The insurance was invalid for the invalid.

12) There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.

13) They were too close to the door to close it.

14) The buck does funny things when the does are present.

15) A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.

16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.

17) The wind was too strong to wind up the sail.

18) Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.

19) I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.

20) How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

2 Responses to “The Same Word – Or Is It?”

  1. contractor safety management Says:

    Hi,
    i was wondering if you ever considered changing the layout of your blog? Its very well written; I love what you’ve got to say. You’ve got an awful lot of text for only having one or two images. Thanks.

    • petrocomputing Says:

      You are right, Mr. Contractor Safety Management Guy. My blog is all words with very few pictures. Anybody can upload a picture; some are good, most are not. But my blog is about writing. I’m a words person, so I teach others how to string words together correctly to convey a technical message. That’s why I concentrate on words. Form meets fashion, as it were. But thanks for sharing your opinion with the Peanut Gallery.
      – Jeanne

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