Cedar and seeder are commonly confused words that are pronounced in the same way but are spelled differently and have different meanings, which makes them homophones. Homophones are a group of words with different spellings, the same pronunciations, and different meanings. Homophones exist because of our ever-changing English language and are a challenge for those who wish to learn to speak English. It can be difficult to learn how to spell different words that sound the same, and homophones are commonly misused words. Said aloud, the difference is less important, because the words are pronounced the same. The way the spelling and definitions differ can be confusing even to native English speakers when attempting to learn vocabulary correctly. Proper pronunciation of spoken English may help the listener distinguish between homophones and understand the correct spelling; the words affect-effect are a good example, but the word pairs to, too and two, bridle and bridal, creek and creak, hoard and horde, toed and towed, or horse and hoarse, are indistinguishable from each other and are easily confused and are commonly misused. Pronunciation is usually more ambiguous, as English pronunciation may vary according to dialect, and English spelling is constantly evolving. Pronunciation may change even though the spelling doesn’t, producing two words that are pronounced in the same manner but have different meanings such as night and knight. Phonological spelling and spelling rules do not always work, and most people avoid misspelling by studying vocabulary words from spelling lists, enhancing their literacy skills through spelling practice, and learning words in English by studying a dictionary of the English language. English words are also spelled according to their etymologies rather than their sound. For instance, the word threw is derived from the Old English word thrawan, and the word through came from the Old English word thurh. Homophones are confusing words and are commonly misspelled words because of the confusion that arises from words that are pronounced alike but have very different usage and etymology. A spell checker will rarely find this type of mistake in English vocabulary, so do not rely on spell check but instead, learn to spell. Even a participant in a spelling bee like the National Spelling Bee will ask for an example of a homophone in a sentence, so that she understands which word she is to spell by using context clues. Homophones are often used in wordplay like puns. We will examine the different meanings of the homophonic words cedar and seeder, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.
Cedar is a type of tree or the wood from a type of tree. A cedar is a conifer and it is strong, durable, and aromatic. Generally, the genus Cedrus is considered the true cedar, and other cedars in the Thuja, Calocedrus, and Chamaecyparis genera are generally considered false cedars. Cedar is weather resistant, rot resistant, and aromatic. Different varieties of cedar are used for outdoor furniture, fencing, siding, and repelling insects in hope chests and closets. True cedars include the Lebanon cedar, Deodar cedar, Atlas , and Cyprus cedar. The word cedar is derived from the Greek word, kedros, which means juniper or cedar.
A seeder is someone who plants seeds, a plant that produces seeds, or a machine used for planting seeds. The word seeder is derived from the Old English word, sǣd, which means a grain of seed, and the suffix, –er, which someone or something that performs an action.
It has been designed around a “majestic and historic” cedar of Lebanon tree which will sit at the centre of the garden. (Shroposhire Star)
But in the case of Marcus Bowcott’s and his partner Helene Aspinall’s Trans Am Totem sculpture, a legacy of the 2014-2016 Vancouver Biennale made up five refinished scrap cars stacked on an old-growth cedar tree installed at a busy city intersection, some local residents were rather too fond of the ecologically themed work. (The Art Newspaper)
Parkesburg farmer Donald Cairns gave demonstrations with the Salford no-till disc drill and Vortex 110 air seeder that he uses on his 1,600-acre farm. (Lancaster FArming)
Broadcasting by air: Cover crops can be applied from a broadcast seeder mounted on an airplane. (Michigan Farm News)