Posted by: Jack Henry | October 3, 2017

Editor’s Corner: Homonyms, Part 1

Way back in the day, more than five years ago, I did several Editor’s Corner articles on homonyms. According to the dictionary, homonym can mean either:

· One of two or more words pronounced alike, but different in meaning or derivation or spelling (as in to, too, and two) [also known as a homophone]

· One of two or more words spelled alike but different in meaning or derivation or pronunciation (as the bow of a ship, a bow and arrow) [also known as a

One of the most common sets of homonyms you’ll see is they’re/their/there.

Today and tomorrow, I will share the list of homonyms and definitions from the group at Daily Writing Tips.

add: increase
ad: abbreviation for advertisement

aid: help
aide: one who helps

block: area bounded by streets, or an obstacle or a solid object
bloc: group with ideas or ideology in common

cannon: piece of artillery
canon: collection of works, or regulation, or standards or rules or a collection of them

canvas: durable, heavy protective material
canvass: debate, examine, or go out in search of responses

chomp: bite down
champ: bite down (same meaning, but idiom is “champ at the bit”)

compliment: praise
complement: complete or enhance

conscious: aware
conscience: adherence to or regard for fairness or moral strength

council: deliberative or legislative body
counsel: legal adviser

discrete: separate
discreet: modest, prudent, unobtrusive

fair: event for entertainment, exhibition, and trade
fare: specific type of food

phase: carry out or introduce a stage, or adjust for synchronicity
faze: disturb

Kara Church

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