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« on: 21/10/2007 14:42:04 »
I am building a list of phonological ambiguities can you add some more?

a breast/abreast
A head/ahead
a loan/alone
Apart/a part
apparent/a parent
bare/bear
blow/below
board/bored
bred/bread
Buy/bi/by
close/clothes
Cool (temperature) cool (in fashion) cool (mood)
dear/deer
deer/dear
entrance/in trance
fan(sports)/(ceiling) fan
fowl/foul
glasses (eye) / (drinking) glasses
Guise/guys
hear/here
hue/you   
I/eye
in two/into
jacket/jack it
knight/night   
letter/let her
lettuce/let us
like(to) /like (same as)
maid/made
Main/mane
more on/moron
Nose/knows
poor/p our/p ore
paradise/pair o' dice
Pare/pair/pear
patients/patience
pay per/paper
peer (a ) /pier /peer (look at)
Piece/peace
Pin/pen
plane(air)/(a different) plane/plain
pool/pull   
present (gift)/present (time)/present (here)   
princ ip al/princ ip le
right/write/rite
rock/(to) rock/rock (and roll)   
Sail/sell/sale/cell
Shoot/chute
sleigh/slay
state/state (mood)/ (to) state
tale/tail/tell   
tell a vision/television                               
they're/their/there
tide/tied
too/two/to
trance mission/transmission
waive/wave
wake (up)/wake (of boat)/(Irish) wake
Weak/week
weigh/whey
Wheel/will/well
whine/wine
wind (breeze)/wind (to turn)
with her/wither
Would/wood
Teller/tell her
write/right
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« Reply #1 on: 21/10/2007 17:03:45 »
I think the correct term for them is homonyms - although arguably you are listing things that are not exact homonyms (hope I don't end up duplicating any of yours):

Read/Reed
Read/Red
Whether/Weather
Bank/Bank
Seal (animal)/Seal (e.g. to seal with wax)/Seal (maybe similar to previous - to protect against the elements)
Cheap/Cheep
Seam/Seem
Of/Off (not exact homonyms)
Panda/Pander (not exact homonyms)
Hide (to conceal)/Hide (skin of an animal)
Habit (a garment)/Habit (a habitual activity)
Bonnet (not American - of a car)/Bonnet (cap)
Hood (American - of a car)/ Hood(head covering)
Boot (Not American - of a car)/ Boot (footwear)
Trunk (American - of a car)/ Trunk (of an elephant)/ Trunk (luggage)
Polish (nation)/ Polish (to make shine - not an exact homonym).

You have included Wheel/Well - I assume you mean Wheel/We'll - since 'well' is quite a different vowel sound from 'we'll'.

More interestingly - the relatively modern separation of Programme (English spelling) from Program (American spelling but used with a specific meaning in English).
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« Reply #2 on: 21/10/2007 17:34:15 »
Genes/Jeans (pants)
not/knot
« Last Edit: 21/10/2007 17:36:02 by Karen W. »

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« Reply #3 on: 21/10/2007 17:36:54 »
grave/grave ( as in to bury)

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« Reply #4 on: 21/10/2007 17:37:27 »
Coarse/course
Men are the same as women, just inside out !

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« Reply #5 on: 21/10/2007 17:37:35 »
Hair/hare
Wither/whither
Wear/ware/where
Sign/Sin
Band/Banned
Ring/wring
Raise/raze
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« Reply #6 on: 21/10/2007 17:44:19 »
Not sure that Sign and Sin are exact homonyms, but Sign and Sine are.

Then one has peek and peak.
Pain and pane.
Hand (anatomical) and hand (a unit of measure).
Foot (anatomical) and foot (a unit of measure).
Yard (an enclosed area of land) and yard (a unit of measure).
Point (to or at something) and point (the tip of something).
Train (of a wedding dress)/train (related - of wagons or camels)/train (to teach).
Canvas (cloth) / canvas (e.g. of opinions).
Sure / shore.
Seek / Sikh.
Soul / sole (of a shoe) / sole (fish) /sole (alone or singular).
Whale / wail.
Whales / Wales.
Shiver / shiva (also spelt shibah or shivah - Jewish period of mourning).
Morning / mourning.
Fence (with swords) / fence (a barrier around some land).
Rail (a steel bar) / rale / rail (to complain vociferously).
Pen (a writing instrument) / pen (an enclosure).
Spell (of language) / spell (magic and witchcraft).
Lean (upon something) / lean (slim - without fat) / lean (legal).
Loan / lone.
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« Reply #7 on: 21/10/2007 20:09:31 »
My error with the spelling of sine. I was thinking spreadsheet functions.  [:I]

Your/yaw
Our/hour
Cast/Caste
In/Inn/Inne
Threw/through
Ruff/rough
Sun/son
Lester/Leicester
Toaster/Towcester
Stationary/stationery
Berg/burg
Tea/tee
Team/teem
Seam/seem
Mean/mien
Lean/lien
Fate/fete
Grate/great
Despatch/dispatch
sealing/ceiling
Bow (from the waist)/bough
Copper (Cu)/copper (policeman)
Moaner/Mona (Lisa)
Groan/grown
Air/heir
Tort/taught/taut
Tiger/Do I have to wear a tie? grrrrr!  [:D]

In addition to the 2 definitions of "fence" given by George, there is a third - to sell stolen goods.
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« Reply #8 on: 21/10/2007 20:29:32 »
thanks everyone. do keep them coming. i put them all in order in a day or so. in the mean time don't worry about repeats. 

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« Reply #9 on: 21/10/2007 20:51:23 »
Cot/cote (although some would say coat/cote)
Felt (material)/felt (touched)
Sense (common)/sense (touch, sight, etc.)
Minute (time)/minute (very small)
Hamlet (Shakespearian character)/hamlet (small village)/Hamlet (cigar)  [:D]
Please (out of politeness when asking for something)/please (to make someone happy)
Pease (pudding)/peace/piece
Rasta (lines on a TV)/Rasta (Jamaican weed-smoker)  [:D]
Polygon (geometric shape)/polly gone (dead parrot)  [;D]
Dolly (child's toy)/dolly (trolley)
Bogie (from one's nose)/bogey (small train wheel) - these may be the other way around.
Scotch (whiskey)/scotch (to scrounge)
Lee (sheltered from the wind)/lea (meadow)
Flower/flour
Chestnuts (from the tree)/chest nuts (the result of being kicked hard in the groin)  [:o]
Ate/eight
Theatre (for stage plays etc)/theatre (of war)
Plain/plane
Brain/brane
Tick/tic
Leech (bloodsucker)/leech (to leak)
Leak/leek
Peak/peek
Oaf (cumbersome lout)/ oaf (what a cockney swears)  [;D]
Wet/whet
Father/farther
Camp (for tents)/camp (effectedly effeminate)
Intense/in tents (back to camp!)
Card (birthday, Christmas, etc.)/card (comedian)/card (playing card)/card (thick paper)
Let (allow)/let (to rent)
Badger (animal)/badger (pester)
Horse/hoarse
Rive/reeve
Grieve/greeve
Shoot (from a plant)/shoot (fire a gun)/shoot (take a photo)/shoot (ejaculate)/chute


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« Reply #10 on: 21/10/2007 21:41:25 »
One that confused a work colleague of mine (Canadian) - loo and leu.

Ham (acting) and ham (pork).
Die (both death, but also a mould for stamping or shaping metal, and plural for dice) and dye.
Mould (a die, but also a fungus).
Well (in health) and well (a bore hole).
Bore (to drill) and bore (to be uninteresting).
Born (both to give birth, but also the past tense of bear) and bourne (also spelt bourn).
Bear (an animal of the family ursidae, but also to carry).
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« Reply #11 on: 22/10/2007 01:49:28 »
What we have so far (182)

a breast and abreast
A head and ahead
a loan and alone
Air and heir
Apart and a part
apparent and a parent
Ate and eight
Badger (animal) and badger (pester)
Band and Banned
Bank and Bank
bare and bear
Bear (an animal of the family ursidae, but also to carry).
Berg and burg
blow and below
board and bored
Bogie (from one's nose) and bogey (small train wheel) - these may be the other way around.
Bonnet (not American - of a car) and Bonnet (cap)
Boot (Not American - of a car) and Boot (footwear)
Bore (to drill) and bore (to be uninteresting).
Born (both to give birth, but also the past tense of bear) and bourne (also spelt bourn).
Bow (from the waist) and bough
Brain and brane
bred and bread
Buy and bi and by
Camp (for tents) and camp (effectedly effeminate)
Canvas (cloth) and canvas (e.g. of opinions).
Card (birthday, Christmas, etc.) and card (comedian) and card (playing card) and card (thick paper)
Cast and Caste
Cheap and Cheep
Chestnuts (from the tree) and chest nuts (the result of being kicked hard in the groin)
close and clothes
Coarse and course
Cool (temperature) cool (in fashion) cool (mood)
Copper (Cu) and copper (policeman)
Cot and cote (although some would say coat and cote)
deer and dear
Despatch and dispatch
Die (both death, but also a mould for stamping or shaping metal, and plural for dice) and dye.
Dolly (child's toy) and dolly (trolley)
entrance and in trance
fan(sports) and (ceiling) fan
Fate and fete
Father and farther
Felt (material) and felt (touched)
Fence (with swords) and fence (a barrier around some land).
Flower and flour
Foot (anatomical) and foot (a unit of measure).
fowl and foul
Genes and Jeans (pants)
glasses (eye) and (drinking) glasses
Grate and great
grave and grave ( as in to bury)
Grieve and greeve
Groan and grown
Guise and guys
Habit (a garment) and Habit (a habitual activity)
Hair and hare
Ham (acting) and ham (pork).
Hamlet (Shakespearian character) and hamlet (small village) and Hamlet (cigar)
Hand (anatomical) and hand (a unit of measure).
hear and here
Hide (to conceal) and Hide (skin of an animal)
Hood (American - of a car) and Hood(head covering)
Horse and hoarse
hue and you   
I and eye
in two and into
In and Inn and Inne
Intense and in tents (back to camp!)
jacket and jack it
knight and night   
Leak and leek
Lean (upon something) and lean (slim - without fat) and lean (legal).
Lean and lien
Lee (sheltered from the wind) and lea (meadow)
Leech (bloodsucker) and leech (to leak)
Lester and Leicester
Let (allow) and let (to rent)
letter and let her
lettuce and let us
like(to) and like (same as)
Loan and lone.
loo and leu.
maid and made
Main and mane
Mean and mien
Minute (time) and minute (very small)
Moaner and Mona (Lisa)
more on and moron
Morning and mourning.
Mould (a die, but also a fungus).
Nose and knows
not and knot
Oaf (cumbersome lout) and oaf (what a cockney swears)
Of and Off (not exact homonyms)
Our and hour
our and yaw
Pain and pane.
Panda and Pander (not exact homonyms)
paradise and pair o' dice
Pare and pair and pear
patients and patience
pay per and paper
Peak and peek
Pease (pudding) and peace and piece
peek and peak.
peer (a ) and pier and peer (look at)
Pen (a writing instrument) and pen (an enclosure).
Piece and peace
Pin and pen
Plain and plane
plane(air) and (a different) plane and plain
Please (out of politeness when asking for something) and please (to make someone happy)
Point (to or at something) and point (the tip of something).
Polish (nation) and Polish (to make shine - not an exact homonym).
Polygon (geometric shape) and polly gone (dead parrot)
pool and pull   
poor and p our and p ore
present (gift) and present (time) and present (here)   
princ ip al and princ ip le
Rail (a steel bar) and rale and rail (to complain vociferously).
Raise and raze
Rasta (lines on a TV) and Rasta (Jamaican weed-smoker)
Read and Red
Read and Reed
right and write and rite
Ring and wring and wring (something out)
Rive and reeve
rock and (to) rock and rock (and roll)   
Ruff and rough
Sail and sell and sale and cell
Scotch (whiskey) and scotch (to scrounge)
Seal (animal) and Seal (e.g. to seal with wax) and Seal (maybe similar to previous - to protect against the elements)
sealing and ceiling
Seam and seem
Seek and Sikh.
Sense (common) and sense (touch, sight, etc.)
Shiver and shiva (also spelt shibah or shivah - Jewish period of mourning).
Shoot and chute
Sign and Sin
sleigh and slay
Soul and sole (of a shoe) and sole (fish) and sole (alone or singular).
Spell (of language) and spell (magic and witchcraft).
state and state (mood) and (to) state
Stationary and stationery
Sun and son
Sure and shore.
tale and tail and tell   
Tea and tee
Team and teem
tell a vision and television                               
Teller and tell her
Theatre (for stage plays etc) and theatre (of war)
they're and their and there
Threw and through
Tick and tic
tide and tied
Tiger and Do I have to wear a tie? grrrrr!
Toaster and Towcester
too and two and to
Tort and taught and taut
Train (of a wedding dress) and train (related - of wagons or camels) and train (to teach).
trance mission and transmission
Trunk (American - of a car) and Trunk (of an elephant) and Trunk (luggage)
waive and wave
wake (up) and wake (of boat) and (Irish) wake
Weak and week
Wear and ware and where
weigh and whey
Well (in health) and well (a bore hole).
Wet and whet
Whale and wail.
Whales and Wales.
Wheel and will and well
Whether and Weather
whine and wine
wind (breeze) and wind (to turn)
with her and wither
Wither and whither
Would and wood
write and right
Yard (an enclosed area of land) and yard (a unit of measure).

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« Reply #12 on: 22/10/2007 01:51:36 »
Flu flue flew
aunt ant
be bee
Been bean 
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« Reply #13 on: 22/10/2007 20:45:18 »
I'm not sure about some of these.
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"Theatre (for stage plays etc) and theatre (of war)"
Where the action takes place or where the action takes place seem to me to be the same thing.
Also, Aunt and ant may or may not be pronounced in the same way depending on accent; ditto whet and wet.
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« Reply #14 on: 22/10/2007 21:06:20 »
Theatre is not only for war, but any arena - including an operating theatre.

Party has several meanings (political, a party to an action - e.g. a conflict, and the coming together of a group of people for their mutual entertainment).

Company can be a person who accompanies, or a group of men (e.g. for a military or business venture).

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« Reply #15 on: 22/10/2007 21:32:20 »
I take your point about theatre, but as the 2 areas are so totally dissimilar, I feel justified in having mentioned it.
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« Reply #16 on: 23/10/2007 20:29:29 »
might (power)and might (may)

mighty (powerful)and mighty (good)

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« Reply #17 on: 23/10/2007 20:36:15 »
Denial (refusal) " DE Nile" ( a street persons statement about the longest river in the world)......LOL....sorry !!!
Men are the same as women, just inside out !

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« Reply #18 on: 23/10/2007 20:54:51 »
so you ought to be......................... lol

ps stop hiding  [;D] [;D] [;D]

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« Reply #19 on: 23/10/2007 22:41:25 »
might (power)and might (may)

mighty (powerful)and mighty (good)

Might/mite?
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« Reply #20 on: 24/10/2007 00:03:07 »
might (power)and might (may)

mighty (powerful)and mighty (good)


Might/mite?

excellent.............LOL
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« Reply #21 on: 24/10/2007 02:40:39 »
wind to burp

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« Reply #22 on: 24/10/2007 09:23:12 »
is it not that you burp because of trapped wind or wind another word for a burp?

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« Reply #23 on: 24/10/2007 09:27:24 »
wind another word for burp!

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« Reply #24 on: 24/10/2007 09:31:51 »
When my Gram had gas she would say, "pardon me but it seems to be windy in here today!" Sometimes she would say,.. "Was that the wind I heard??" LOL LOL On a bad day, she would say,.. "Theres a storm brewing, as I feel the wind is  picking up!!!" LOL!!!! She was such a card! I loved her.. and do miss her!HEE HEE..

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« Reply #25 on: 24/10/2007 09:40:55 »
LOL  [;D] [;D] [;D]

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« Reply #26 on: 24/10/2007 09:49:23 »
*smiles*

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« Reply #27 on: 24/10/2007 10:00:08 »
wind to burp

yes wind and wind (to wind something up)

If you have trouble pronouncing Rs, then saying "RANK" can be a problem.

AH... there's another 1 - Rs/Arse  [:D]

Sole/soul
Wine/whine
Bowl/bole
Bowled/bold
Wit/whit
Sean (or Shawn)/shorn
Paul/pall
Pale/pail
Copse/cops (policemen)
Corps/cor/core
Council/counsel
To/too/two
Four/for/fore
Break/brake

Beef (meat)/beef (complaint)
Cow (animal)/cow (to cow down)
Ram (animal)/ram (to bang hard against)
Chicken (bird)/chicken (coward)
Duck (bird)/duck (avoid an overhead obstacle)
Goose (bird)/goose (pinch a female's backside)
Cock (bird)/cock (tap for turning off the water supply)
Hawk (bird)/hawk (to sell door-to-door)
Crow (bird)/crow (to boast)
Rook (bird)/rook (chess piece)/rook (to con)

Roux (for a sauce)/rue/roo (as in kanga)
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« Reply #28 on: 25/10/2007 13:16:20 »
thanks doc i will update the main list soon.

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« Reply #29 on: 25/10/2007 14:31:57 »
aperitive - dentures

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« Reply #30 on: 25/10/2007 14:33:02 »
There's a Scots girl I know with a cute accent - she rolls her "r"s beautifully.

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« Reply #31 on: 25/10/2007 20:23:31 »
aperitive - dentures

i don't follow what you are suggesting here "aperitive - dentures" ? [???]

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« Reply #32 on: 25/10/2007 20:57:13 »
What about saw (which itself has two meaning - a tool, and the past tense of see) and sore (not exact homophones).
Or while we are on twos and foures, what about eight and ate and similar (but not exact homophone) hate.
Or bate and bait.
Or no and know.
Or ware and wear.
Or waste and waist.
Or meter and metre.
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« Reply #33 on: 25/10/2007 22:21:26 »
i saw that LOL ....................... Thanks

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« Reply #34 on: 02/11/2007 15:47:27 »
might (power)and might (may)

mighty (powerful)and mighty (good)


Might/mite?


nice one doc thanks

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« Reply #35 on: 02/11/2007 16:08:54 »
Hadrian (nice to meet the man of the red Prada's btw  [;)]) you might have some of these already I'm not sure.
I checked the first post in this thread

shake, sheikh
side, sighed
marshal, martial
foreword, forward
ode, owed

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« Reply #36 on: 02/11/2007 17:01:57 »
Nice ones Alandriel!

Hi Hadrian!

"Life is not measured by the number of Breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

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« Reply #37 on: 04/11/2007 16:43:50 »
Hadrian (nice to meet the man of the red Prada's btw  [;)]) you might have some of these already I'm not sure.
I checked the first post in this thread

shake, sheikh
side, sighed
marshal, martial
foreword, forward
ode, owed


thanks Alandriel