Words with different meaning

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by cisamcgu, 29 Aug 2007.

  1. cisamcgu

    cisamcgu Guru

    There are some words that are spelt the same, but pronounced in a different manner to mean a different thing.

    Lead (thing for pulling a dog)
    Lead (heavy metal)

    Wind (turn a screw or key)
    Wind (movement of air)

    Can anyone tell me what this class of words is called ? And are they many examples ? My curiosity has been piqued ;)


  2. Mr Phoebus

    Mr Phoebus New Member

    I think they're called Homonyms???
  3. Words that sound the same but mean different things (eg 'heard' and 'herd') are called homophones (I think). As for words that llok the same but sound different and mean different things, I'm not sure. Sorry.
  4. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    bough and Bow
  5. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    On a similar subject, here is a poem written entirely in homophones:

    Eye halve a spelling chequer
    It came with my pea sea
    It plainly marques four my revue
    Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.

    Eye strike a key and type a word
    And weight four it two say
    Weather eye am wrong oar write
    It shows me strait a weigh.
    As soon as a mist ache is maid
    It nose bee fore two long
    And eye can put the error rite
    Its rarely ever wrong. Eye have run this poem threw it
    I am shore your pleased two no
    Its letter perfect in it's weigh
    My chequer tolled me sew.
  6. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Salford, UK

    I think there are different classes of them, but don't remember the details...

    And I think there are something called homonyms (?) ..

    hang on, lets get this right...


    Homographs are spelt the same, and may be pronounced the same or differently.

    Homophones are words said the same, with different meanings and may be spelt the same or differently.

    Homonyms are words that sound the same, but are spelt differently.

    Heteronyms are words spelt the same but pronounced differently, which is what you mean, I think...

  7. OP

    cisamcgu Guru

    Heteronyms - thats the little b*ggers

    Thanks everyone ;)
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