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EDIT TIP: The Dreaded Homophones

Updated: Aug 7, 2023




plural noun: homophones

each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling, for example new and knew.

Common examples you may see every day in your social media and text exchanges: to, too, and two, and their, there, and they're.

I keep a running list of homophones that make me blush when I catch my mistake, and I am continually adding more to check.

For example:

Pouring vs. Poring - pouring a cup of tea vs. poring over school books

Plaintiff vs. Plaintive - plaintiff in lawsuit vs. plaintive cry

Breech vs. Breach - deliver a  breech baby vs. moving into the breach

Phase vs. faze - phase of life vs. did not faze her at all

Here’s a larger list you might be interested in reviewing too.

I "know" the English language is tricky, and the list of homophones has "no" end in sight (not site.) We could even make it a game for long car rides: "Two Homophones in One Sentence."

What words give you pain? (Not pane.)


May 12, 2023

This isn’t a homophone, but I remember misspelling rogue as rouge in my first novel. A reader kindly pointed that out! Though I have made many other mistakes in writing, that one made me blush for sure! (That rogue of a word made rouge unnecessary for my cheeks that day! ;D) Thanks for the list. Very helpful! -Christina Morland

Christina Boyd
Christina Boyd
May 13, 2023
Replying to

So funny!

I always have to look up past vs passed. Ugh.

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