Thursday, September 13, 2007

Awesome Find!

By accident, I came upon Alan Cooper's Homonym List. It is an awesome find! From A-Z, it looks like all possible homonym situations are listed for studying or just checking a specific word. I'm definitely adding this one to my favorites.

Alan Cooper also provides this information:


I'd like to point out that the word "homonym" is actually a misnomer. I learned this only recently from my son, and by rights I should call this a list of homophones, but old habits die hard, and that smudged, yellow, lined pad didn't say "homophones," it said "homonyms," and that's how I think of them. For those of you who care, here are the pertinent terms and their definitions:

  • Homonym: One of two or more words spelled and pronounced alike but different in meaning (as cleave meaning "to cut" and cleave meaning "to adhere" (coincidentally, also antonyms!))
  • Homophone: One of two or more words pronounced alike but different in meaning or spelling (as the words to, too, and two)
  • Homograph: One of two or more words spelled alike but different in meaning or pronunciation (as the bow of a ship, a bow and arrow)
Other Fun with Word Resources

If you like to play with words, you'll really like Judi Wolinsky's wonderful Word Play website. It contains pointers to many websites--at least as interesting as this one--that let you have fun with words (and the occasional number, too).

Tracy Finifter has her own excellent list of homonyms on the Web.

David K. Mellinger at Cornell has one of the most interesting lists of word stuff around."

NOTE: In parentheses is exactly what Alan Cooper says on his site. Please click here, to read more great information on his "All About Homonyms" page.

So, now that you're more informed concerning homonyms, take this new knowledge and write the cyber highway!!!