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Cantor vs canter

Cantor and canter are two words that are spelled and pronounced similarly, but have two different meanings. We will look at the definitions of the words cantor and canter, where they come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A cantor is a man whose job it is to sing and lead the prayers at synagogue. In modern times, a cantor has usually attended a cantorial school and is trained in musicality, he is an ordained member of the Jewish clergy. However, in smaller synagogues a cantor … [Read more...]

Fairy vs ferry

The words fairy and ferry are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and have two very different meanings. We will look at the definitions of the words fairy and ferry, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A fairy is a supernatural being with magical powers in European folklore, especially Irish and Scottish folklore. A fairy is a miniature human being, usually female, who is often depicted with wings. Some think that the belief in fairies stems … [Read more...]

Wrote vs rote

Wrote and rote are two words that are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and have different definitions. They are homophones. We will look at the difference in meaning between the words wrote and rote, where the words come from and some examples of their use in sentences. Wrote is the past tense of the word write, which means to make symbols on a surface, usually paper, with a pen, pencil, crayon or other writing implement. Write also means to compose a literary work, compose … [Read more...]

Taupe vs tope

Taupe and tope are two words that are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They are homophones. We will examine the definitions of the words taupe and tope, the origins of these two words and some examples of their use in sentences. Taupe is a neutral color, a grayish color with brown mixed into it. Taupe was named as a color around the turn of the twentieth century. The word taupe is derived from the French word taupe which means mole, referring to … [Read more...]

Tough vs tuff

Tough and tuff are two words that are pronounced the same way but have different spellings and very different meanings. They are homophones. We will look at the definitions of the words tough and tuff, where these terms came from and some examples of their use in sentences. Tough means strong, able to endure and cope with difficult conditions or pain, or describes someone who is prone to violence. Tough may also describe someone who has little empathy or is demanding. The word tough is also … [Read more...]

Pain vs pane

Pain and pane are homophones, which are words that are pronounced in the same manner but are spelled differently and have different meanings and origins. We will look at the definitions of pain and pane, the origins of these two words and some examples of their use in sentences. Pain is is an unpleasant sensation that is caused by injury or illness. Pain may also refer to suffering due to mental or emotional distress. Pain may also be used informally to describe someone who is annoying. Pain … [Read more...]

Coop, coup or coupe

Coop, coup and coupe are three words that are pronounced similarly and are spelled similarly, but have very different meanings. We will look at the definition of the words coop, coup and coupe, where the terms come from and some examples of their use in sentences. A coop is a small pen where poultry is kept, or small animals. In Britain, the word coop may also refer to a wicker basket in which one catches fish. The word coop is derived from the Old English words cype and cypa, which mean … [Read more...]

Toe vs tow

Toe and tow are two words that are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and mean different things. We will look at the difference in meaning between toe and tow, the origins of these two words and some examples of their use in sentences. A toe is a digit on a human or animal foot. The word toe is also used to mean the portion of a sock or shoe that covers the toes or something shaped or positioned like a toe. Toe is also used as a verb to mean touching or nudging something with … [Read more...]

Undo vs undue

Undo and undue are two words that are pronounced the same way but are spelled differently and mean two different things. We will look at the difference in meaning between undo and undue, where the terms come from and some examples of their use in some sentences. Undo means to unfasten, to untie, to unwrap, to reverse the effect of something. In computer terminology, undo means to stop a command or to return to an earlier iteration of a program or text. Undo may also be used formally to mean … [Read more...]

Tea vs tee

The words tea and tee are pronounced in the same way but have different spellings and different definitions. They are homophones. We will look at the difference between tea and tee, their origins and some examples of their use in sentences. Tea is a drink made from the dried leaves of certain bushes. Some teas such as herbal teas may include dried twigs, berries or fruits. Tea may be served hot or iced. The word tea may also refer to the bushes from which tea leaves are picked. In Britain, … [Read more...]

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