Monday, January 30, 2012

Fun with Homonyms

Book Riot revels in them.

From the piece...

If you said “newspaper,” congratulations—you know how to recognize a homonym! Also, you must remember a time when newspapers were actually “read all over.”*

*I prefer this less-tactful version: “What’s black and white and red all over and can’t fit through a revolving door? A nun with a spear through her head.” But, alas, no homonyms.

In the technical linguistic sense, a homonym is a set of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation, but have different meanings.

Want a list of homonyms? Alan Cooper's obsessed with them.

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