When two or more words sound the same but have different meanings, they are homophones. Some are spelled the same—for example, bear (to carry) and bear (the animal). More often, they’re spelled differently—for example, loot and lute. 



Words in transition


  1. what about key vs quay

  2. internis† says

    Don’t forget “manner” vs. “manor”.

  3. here and hear
    weather and wether

  4. One vs Won (I won the race) vs (I’m the one)

    Farther vs Father (How much farther do we have to go?) vs (Father, are we there yet?)

    Lion vs Line vs Lying (Lying is not exactly the same however when pronounced quickly, it can be Lyin’)
    (The lion sat on the sand.) vs (The line in the sand was drawn.) vs (They’re lying(lyin’) to you!)

    Wait vs Weight (Please wait while we check your records) vs (Please fill in your current weight for our records)

    Weighed vs Wade (I then weighed myself on the scale) vs (Watch me wade in the pool)

    Way vs Weigh (Way to go Billy!) vs (Bill go weigh yourself!)

    Everyday vs Every Day (She wears everyday shoes) vs (Every day she puts on a pair of shoes)

    Through (Thru) vs Threw (Go through the door and turn left) vs (He threw the door open)

    And how can you miss the largest internet grammar mistake and pet peeve of the masses…
    Your vs You’re (Your page is missing Your vs You’re) vs (You’re a fool for not including Your vs You’re)

  5. Fresh Breeze says

    gay vs gay (no homo-phone intended)

  6. 1: Eminent, immanent and imminent are not homophones.
    2: It is best to not use words when one is unsure of their meaning.
    3: When many illiterate people such as politicians misuse a word continually, the rest of us should mock them, not bring it into common usage or change the meaning of the word for their comfort. (ie: bushisms)

  7. The ones my American friends are always confusing are not here~!
    …and those are the ones I remembered off the top of my head…

  8. Jan McGee Hegedus says

    What about vale, vail, and veil?

  9. prays vs praise

  10. ton vs tonne

  11. board vs bored

  12. win/when, cite/site/sight, sine/sign, lay/lei, see/sea/cee, no/know, none/nun, lie/lye, steel/steal, billed/build, bowled/bold, bough/bow

  13. Thanks for setting up this site. I love this stuff.

  14. “Canon” vs. “cannon.” I see this one all the time!

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