I was researching homonyms today. If you’re not familiar with the word homonym (or you just don’t remember 5th grade English class), a homonym is a word in English that sounds the same as another word, but is spelled differently and has a different meaning. The most common set of homonyms is to, too, and two. Which of course mean towards, also, and a pair.
In the course of my research, I found a couple websites I want to share with you. Alan Cooper’s Homonyms has an alphabetical list of common and uncommon homonyms, complete with definitions. Some of the definitions are a little snarky, all are funny. I did have a tiny complaint. When a homonym has 2 definitions, usually only one is included.
file a folder for holding papers phial a small glass bottle
File does not mean just “a folder for holding papers,” it can also be a tool for smoothing rough edges of wood, metal, or even fingernails.
Overall, though, Alan Cooper’s Homonyms will give you a good look at homonyms and their definitions.
The other site is English Homonyms. Both more and less comprehensive than Alan Cooper’s Homonyms, it gives you a good overview of homonym pairs, but there are no definitions. The homonyms here tend to be less obscure and more obvious, although there is some overlap. Instead of coin and quoin, we have bear and bare. The list is still interesting, despite the lack of definitions.
Overall, two very interesting sites that are definitely worth a visit.
- Homophones, Homonyms and and Heteronyms (literacylocke6.wordpress.com)
- Using the Write…er…Right Words in Your Writing (barbaratyler.wordpress.com)
- The opposite of homonym? But not really? (ask.metafilter.com)