How many homophones do you know?

Learner   Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 10:34 GMT
How many homophones do you know? Share with me.

a word which is pronounced the same as another word but has a different meaning or a different spelling or both

Simon   Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 10:40 GMT
Red Read(past participle of read)
Reed Read(present tense)
Tea Tee
Be Bee
Duck(bird) Duck (go down)
Down (direction) Down (on a duck)
Two Too
Road Rode Rowed
Stick (of wood) Stick (like glue)
Wood Would
Shake Sheikh
Jose   Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 18:21 GMT
to, too, and two
ice, eyes
sea, see
weak, week
mjd   Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 20:02 GMT
tear (as in "I'm tearing apart this sheet of paper")

tear (as in "my eyes are tearing")

wear (as in "I'm wearing a coat")

wear (as in "This work wears me out")
J   Wednesday, February 26, 2003, 21:51 GMT
none, nun
eye, I, aye
book, buck
roe, row
put, putt
but, butt
ore, or, oar
court, caught
Jim   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 01:23 GMT
Correct me if I'm wrong but there are many pairs of words above which are not homophones. This all depends on your dialect, of course, but here's how I see it.

The words "tear" & "tear" are pronounced differently one rhymes with "dear" and the other rhymes with "dare".

The words "ice" & "eyes" are pronounced differently "ice" rhymes with "price" but "eyes" rhymes with "prize".

The words "book" & "buck" and the words "put" & "putt" are pronounced differently "put" & "book" rhyme with "look" but "buck" and "putt" rhyme with "luck". This could be an accent thing but to most of us "put", "book" & "look" are pronounced with your mouth open more widely than for "buck" and "putt" & "luck".

I pronounce "court" and "caught" the same but Candians & Americans pronounce them differently. The same goes for "law" & "lore", "saw" & "sore", "source" & "sauce", "sort" & "sought", etc.

Here are some more homophones

air & heir
pair & pear
bear & bare
their & there
hare & hair
be & bee
fly: verb and noun
practice & practise (spelt the same in American spelling)
hi & high
shore & sure (depending on your accent)
yore & your
whole & hole
roll & role
curb & kerb (spelt the same in American spelling)
check & cheque (spelt the same in American spelling)
purse: verb and noun
rock: verb and noun
bowl: verb and noun
Simon   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 07:10 GMT
Some of J's homophones apply to his/her accent (a Yorkshire one) but not to mine. Buck and book don't rhyme where I come from but I didn't think they did where he/she comes from. I thought Yorkshire Buck sounded like southern Book but that Yorkshire Book had a vowel like "nuke".
Jim   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 07:53 GMT
I thought it might be his or her accent. That reminds me: "won" and "one" sound the same but maybe not for you, J.
mjd   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 08:04 GMT
Sorry about that....tear and tear sound nothing alike. I was going by the same spellings but different meanings.
Learner   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 14:32 GMT
Please correct my homphones if they are wrong quoted.

Safe, Save

Down, Dawn

Not, nought

Seek, Sick

Fair, Fear

Feel, Fill

Quote, Court

Soak, Sock

Site, Sight

Wholly, Holly

Hack, Heck

Rice, Rise
Simon   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 14:37 GMT
Sorry Learner, only the pair Site/Sight are homophones. But at least you have identified an area of your English for you to work on.
J   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 18:20 GMT
That's right, 'one' and 'won' are different.

By the way my accent is not Yorkshire but Lincolnshire. I can't help but list homophones in my own accent as I don't know how they might go in others.

Also, 'book' does go with 'buck', it is not like 'nuke' for me. Though sometimes people say 'booik' which is the same as 'buick' but without the 'y' sound.
the russian   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 19:33 GMT
what the motherfuck is a homophone????
mjd   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 20:28 GMT


Two words that sound the same.
felix   Thursday, February 27, 2003, 23:37 GMT
write, right, right
there, their,
where, were, wear