A type of linguistic word play, a homograph is a subset of homonym and comprises one or more words (one word is the most common).
If you break homograph apart:
Homo- means same
-graph means drawn or written
This means a homograph is written the same way — has the same spelling. It may or may not sound the same, and it will definitely mean something different.
If the homograph is spelt the same, then it is also a homonym; if it has a different spelling, then it’s a heteronym.
The primary concern for a writer is the possibility of choosing a word with one meaning while thinking it means something else. Choosing the wrong word that doesn’t suit the context, could provide comprehension problems for readers, which can affect your reputation and book sales.
Grammar Explanations and Word Confusions sometimes…
…involve the same words as it does here in this post on “Homograph”. 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; Skillin, 224|
|Part of Speech: Semantics, Word Play, Figure of Speech|
|Definition: Words that are spelled the same but have different origins or meanings. How the word(s) are pronounced may be the same or different.|