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Symbol vs cymbal

Symbol and cymbal are two words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the meaning of the words symbol and cymbal, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A symbol is a marking or character that is a representation of an object, a process, an organization, a company, etc. A symbol may also refer to something that stands for something else, it is often used as a literary … [Read more...]

Suede vs swayed

Suede and swayed are two words that are sometimes confused. Though they are pronounced the same way, they are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the meanings of the words suede and swayed, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Suede is a type of leather in which the flesh side is treated in a way that renders it velvety soft. Lamb, goat, calf and deer hides are the primary sources of suede. Because of its … [Read more...]

Tole vs toll

Tole and toll are two words that are spelled differently and have different meanings but are pronounced in the same fashion. They are homophones. We will look at the meanings of the words tole and toll, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Tole is a decorative type of painting that is applied to metal or wooden surfaces or decorative lacquer that is applied to metal or wooden surfaces. Tole is a type of folk art that stems from Germany or the Scandinavian … [Read more...]

Whine vs wine

Whine and wine are two words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings and spellings. They are homophones. We will examine the difference in meaning between whine and wine, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A whine is a high-pitched cry or moan that is a complaint, a tone of voice that sounds like a complaint or a petulant complaint. Whine may also refer to a a high-pitched, annoying sound. Whine is also used as an intransitive verb, … [Read more...]

Signet vs cygnet

Signet and cygnet are two words that are often confused. They are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and have two different meanings, they are homophones. We will examine the definitions of signet and cygnet, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A signet is a seal that is stamped on documents in order to authenticate them. Most often, a signet is set in a ring, but not always.  When capitalized as in the Signet, the term indicates a seal used … [Read more...]

Scull vs skull

Scull and skull are two words that may be quite confusing. Though they are pronounced in the same way, these two words are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of the words scull and skull, where these two words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A scull is an oar with a flat blade that is used to propel a boat. Sculls may be used singly or in pairs. Scull may be used as a noun or a verb, to mean the act of … [Read more...]

Whoa vs woe

Whoa and woe are two words that are pronounced the same way but have different spellings and different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the difference between the meanings of whoa and woe, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Whoa is command to stop or slow down, usually directed at a horse but sometimes used in speaking with people. Whoa may also be used as an exclamation of surprise or interest, or an informal greeting. Whoa is generally … [Read more...]

Slow vs sloe

Slow and sloe are two words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings and are spelled differently. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of the terms slow and sloe, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Slow means moving at a low rate of speed, operating at a low rate of speed, not fast, lasting a long amount of time. Slow may also be used to mean uneventful or to describe a person who is not especially quick to understand … [Read more...]

Seas, sees or seize

Seas, sees and seize are three words that are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the difference in meaning between seas, sees and seize, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences.  Seas refers to the oceans that cover the earth, the mass of salt water that surrounds the land masses. Geographically, the term sea refers to smaller salt water areas where the land meets the ocean, seas … [Read more...]

Reed vs read

Reed and read are two words that may be pronounced in the same fashion but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of reed and read, where these words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A reed is a type of tall grass that grows in wetlands such as bogs, swamps and the shallows of rivers or creeks. Reeds have jointed, hollow stalks. In Britain, reed also describes the straw used in thatching. Reed instruments … [Read more...]

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