I’m all about my ears. Okay maybe not. I’m mostly all about my hearing. If I mishear a word, I spell it incorrectly. And I’m beginning to think some words will be misspelled for as long as I live. It’s awful. I’m constantly looking up words. Not just for spelling but for meaning.
Why look up a word for meaning?
Because I also mix up words that sound the same. I thought it was only me until I sniffed around. So here I go again sharing what I found.
A homophone is a word that has the same sound as another word but is spelled differently and has a different meaning:
My favorites are: to, two, and too.
The runners up are: there, their, and they’re.
My favorites and runners up are loved because I have them all sorted out, but there are words that I’ll never remember like:
Discrete and Discreet
Petal and Pedal
Leavers and levers
There’s a link of most (they claim all) English homophones below.
The worst thing about homophones is no spell-checker sees them as an error. Technically they are spelled correctly. So I rely on grammar checkers like my editor, proofreader, betas and any other kind soul brave enough to point out my mistake.
I don’t trust computerized grammar checkers completely and neither should you. (But that’s another post.)
Anybody else have issues that can’t be caught by a spell-checker? Let’s share so all of us can be a bit wiser. 🙂
Places I gleaned: