Why are there so many homophones?

English has too many homophones. I think we should re-invent the language and then teach the new language starting in preK.

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French has a lot, too.

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Many word groups that are thought of as homophones are actually distinct words. Read this out loud and listen closely:

:speaker: Pare a pair of pears.

:ear: Did you hear the differences? Good.

So there’s no such thing as homophones. It’s just a cultural delusion.


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Why aren’t you at your post?


Is anybody going to discuss that guy’s haircut?

A New Hope has some very retro fashion choices.


Their, they’re, there…
It will be all right. :heart:


Be grateful we don’t have to deal with Arabic – that language doesn’t record vowels. If English were the same, we’d see RD and we wouldn’t know if it was supposed to be raid, red, ride, rode, rude, rued . . . you get the picture. I’ll take English and its homophones.


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Why are numbers so often engaged in homophony?

one, won
two, to, too (and tutu?)
four, for, fore
eight, ate

All powers of 2… Coincidence? :face_with_monocle:


I both agree and disagree. To me, there, they’re, and their are all said differently, but you’re and your sound exactly alike. Then again, where I live, heel and hill are near homophones.


Are homophones the opposite of heterophones? Is it a sin if a man uses a princess phone?



Here are some ecclesiastical ones:

Mass - mass
Accidence - Accidents
Host- host- host
Rood - rude
Rail (n) - rail (vb)
Kneel - Neil
(Cheating a bit) Surplice - surplus

I did not know the word ‘rood’.


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If it is on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, it is not a sin.

Otherwise, the Princess Phone is canonically forbidden for men.


You probably did without knowing it - think of Holyrood in Scotland

How about:

nine, nein (German for “no”)
bread, bred
see, sea
we, wee
cane, Cain
gate, gait
wait, weight
waist, waste
turn, tern
heron, Huron (the lake)

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