Did you say Homonym?Did you say Homonym?

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Today’s mental workout is devoted to the meaning of words. Surely throughout your life, you encountered people using words to mean different things than what you may have learned in school, no your teacher wasn't wrong, well at least not in this case perhaps. However before you are quick to correct anyone, you may want to check with your Webster’s dictionary. There you can see almost every word could have multiple meanings and some may even have several. Such is language and transformation over time from generation to generation. You can only imagine what gets lost in translation even in something as seemingly straightforward as British English to American English. Then imagine a few thousand years ago, trying to translate Greek to Latin or Hebrew.

Homonyms are words with the same pronunciation, but different meanings, sometimes they can even be spelt the same like bank either a place to keep money or the bank of a river. Homophones are words with the same pronunciation, but different spellings and meanings like sea and see. Homographs are words with the same spelling, but different meanings and pronunciations like bow before the king and bow and arrow. Today’s mental workout will task the brain to come up with as many as you can think of. Have a little fun and stretch your brain. Go on and impress your partner. As always make it a great mental workout.