Weaver and weever 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 weaver and weever, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.
A weaver is a person who interlaces thread or yarn to make cloth; the term may also be used figuratively to mean someone who is combining things, words, or ideas into a cohesive whole. The word weaver is derived from the Old English word, wefan, which means to interlace thread or yarn, and the suffix, -er, which means someone who performs the action of the root word.
A weever is an edible sea fish in the Trachinidae family that hides in the sand in shallow water. The weever is known for its venomous spines. The name weever is derived from the Old French word for viper, wivre.
The show is an evocative culling of Larsen’s personal collections of clothes and accessories, his furniture and other decorative objects and art forms, and examples of his genius as a weaver and textile designer. (East Hampton Star)
Sekar, a third-generation weaver from Anakaputhur, (earlier famous for chequered Madras fabric), is well known in the weaving community and others associated with the textile industry. (Better India)
If you’re lucky enough to not know what a weever fish is, then it probably means you’ve also had the good fortune to not get stung by one whilst swimming at one of the Island’s many beaches – but just in case you ever do, here’s a handy guide on how to stop the sting! (Island Echo)
“We have two types of weever in Ireland — the lesser and the greater,” said Kevin Flannery, a marine biologist at Oceanworld Aquarium in Dingle. (Irish Examiner)