If you break heteronym apart:
Hetero- means different, other
-onym means word, name
This means a heteronym is spelled the same but has a different sound and meaning. It may also comprise one or more words (one word is the most common).
The primary concern for a writer is not the spelling as they are similar but the meaning. It is possible to choose a word with one meaning while thinking it means something else. Confusing your readers can lead to bad reviews and dropping book sales.
Grammar Explanations and Word Confusions sometimes…
…involve the same words as it does here in this post on “Heteronym”. Whereas a Word Confusion is a pair (or more) of words that are confused spelling-wise with each other, a Grammar Explanation may jump in because of the confusion involved in how the words are used within the structural rules and principles of English.
Sometimes I run across an example that helps explain better or another “also known as”. Heck, there’s always a better way to explain it, so if you have an idea or suggestion that makes quicker and/or better sense, I would appreciate suggestions and comments from anyone…as well as questions on issues with which you are frustrated. If you’d like to track it, bookmark this page. And consider sharing this Grammar Explanation with friends by tweeting it.
|Part of Speech: Semantics, Word Play, Figure of Speech|
|Definition: Words that are spelled alike, but pronounced differently and have different meanings. A type of homograph, and, yes, they are also considered homonyms.