A type of linguistic word play, a homophone is a subset of homonym.
If you break homophone apart:
Homo- means same
-phone means sound
This means a homophone sounds the same. It may or may not be spelled the same and it does not mean the same. It may comprise one or more words (one word is the most common).
If the homophone is spelt the same, then it is also a homonym; if it has a different spelling, then it’s a heterograph.
Like the homonym, it is one of the most frequently confused of word groups as the words sound similar; some of the Word Confusions about which I post are homophones.
Grammar Explanations and Word Confusions sometimes…
…involve the same words as it does here in this post on “Homophone”. 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.
|Credit to: Buzzy Bee Riddles; Wikipedia|
|Part of Speech: Semantics, Word Play, Figure of Speech|
|Definition: A type of homonym that sounds alike BUT have different meanings and different spellings.|
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