Weld vs welled

Weld and welled 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 weld and welled, the word origins of the terms, and some examples of their English usage in sentences.

Weld means to fuse two pieces of metal by melting or softening them; one may also weld by pounding two metals together. Weld is also used figuratively to mean to merge or combine two things. Weld is used as a noun to mean a fused joint, or a transitive verb, which is a verb that takes an object. Related words are welds, welded, welding, welder. The word weld is derived from an obsolete definition of the word, well, which once meant to melt metal.

Welled is the past tense of the verb, well, which means to rise or pool, describing a liquid or emotions. Almost always, the verb is used with the adverb, up, as in welled up. Related words are well, wells, welling. The verb well is derived from the Old English word, wiellan, which means to bubble up.

Examples

Although he never had time to learn the useful skill on the ranch, Luis has now learned to MIG weld, and is making progress on TIG welding, which he said is harder to master. (Concord Monitor)

Green asked Mayorga Welding owner Frank Mayorga from Mayorga Welding to weld them a new pinecone. (Arizona Daily Sun)

But Sarah was not the only one who welled up during the heart to heart, as Cynthia also looked emotional. (Marie Claire)

But rather than pool atop the grass, the water welled up underneath it, causing the saturated ground to sway and bulge. (Golf)

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