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Mind vs mined

  • Mind and mined are two 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 mind and mined, the word origin of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.


     

    The noun mind means the consciousness that allows a human to think, feel, and process his experience of the world. The mind is the person’s memory, intellect, attention, reason, opinion, intention, or level of determination. Mind may also be used as a verb to mean to object to, to feel concerned about, to pay attention to or to behave. Related words are minds, minded, minding, minder. The word mind is derived from the Old English word gemynd, which means thought or memory.

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    Mined is the past tense of mine, a verb that means to dig in the ground for minerals or other precious items or to dig for something in a figurative manner, as in doing research or an investigation. The word mined is derived from the fourteenth century word minen, which means to dig. Related words are mine, mines, mining.

    Examples

    And that, in turn, brings to mind the biblical argument for veneration of human beings, or what has been translated into English 22 times in the RSV as obeisance. (The National Catholic Register)

    Today we tend to regard the mind not as a mill but as a computer, but, otherwise, the problem exists in much the same way that Leibniz formulated it three hundred years ago. (The New Yorker)

    Virgil Griffith, the US cryptocurrency expert arrested last week on suspicion of helping North Korea evade US sanctions, reportedly said it’d be “really cool” if North Korea mined ether. (The Business Insider)

    SEPTA is asking its own questions about the use of mica mined by children, the agency said in a statement Thursday. (The Philadelphia Inquirer)


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