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Homophones

These are all words that sound identical but are spelt differently, and have different meanings. For example, hair and hare sound the same but their meanings are totally different. After all, you wouldn’t want to have hares growing out of your head, now would you?

Spelling is one of the biggest causes for confusion in the written language, whatever the language. So, just to bore you silly and as I have absolutely nothing better to write about today, here are some of the most common homophones.

  • aisle / isle
  • aloud / allowed
  • ascent / assent
  • beach / beech
  • board / bored
  • canon / cannon
  • cereal / serial
  • chord / cord
  • coarse / course
  • draft / draught
  • gage / gauge
  • hair / hare
  • hall / haul
  • hoard / horde
  • hole / whole
  • its / it’s
  • leak / leek
  • lessen / lesson
  • maize / maze
  • mews / muse
  • moor / more
  • pail / pale
  • pair / pare
  • pause / paws
  • peer / pier
  • plain / plane
  • practice / practise
  • principal / principle
  • rain / reign / rein
  • raise / raze
  • right / rite
  • role / roll
  • sauce / source
  • sight / site
  • son / sun
  • stair / stare
  • stake / steak
  • stationary / stationery
  • swat / swot
  • tail / tale
  • their / there
  • to / too/ two
  • vain / vane / vein
  • waist / waste
  • waive / wave
  • weather / whether
  • wholly / holy
  • who’s / whose
  • yoke / yolk
  • your / you’re

I don’t promise that this is the complete list, but it’s all I can remember off the top of my head. And no, before you ask, I do not wear a dictionary for a toupee!

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