Homonyms – What are they?

HOM-O-NYMs /ˈhɒmənɪmz /

  • A word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air; a homophone.
  • A word that is both a homophone and a homograph, that is, exactly the same as another in sound and spelling but different in meaning: as chase “to pursue” and chase “to ornament metal.”

 
I found the following lines with homonyms on the internet in several places, but unfortunately could not find the name of the original author. If the author were to read this page, perhaps s/he would like to give me a name to put at the end of the article.
 

YOU THINK ENGLISH IS EASY ?? – Author Unknown

Fascinating, but this will give you a headache………………….

  1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
  2. The farm was used to produce produce.
  3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
  4. We must polish the Polish furniture.
  5. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
  6. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
  7. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it was time to present the present.
  8. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
  9. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
  10. I did not object to the object.
  11. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
  12. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
  13. They were too close to the door to close it.
  14. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
  15. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
  16. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
  17. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
  18. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
  19. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
  20. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend?

 

Related Content:

Homonyms from Wikipedia
Alan Cooper’s Homonyms
Self Study Homonym Quizzes

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