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Freethinker
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Okay, most SIGforum members are well educated enough to know when to use to, too, and two, and there, their, and they’re, but how about the following pairs of examples that are pronounced (sound) the same, but have different spellings and meanings?

bear/bare
site/sight/cite*
discreet/discrete
phase/faze
waist/waste
Or three: weather/whether/wether

What are your examples?

(I’m posting this here [not hear] because obvious word usage errors are becoming more common all the time. I saw the phase/faze error in an otherwise well-edited book I’m reading now about the Studies and Observation Group in Vietnam.)

* Thanks to GaryBF for the addition. Wink

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Braise and braze.

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break/brake
 
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read/red

read/reed

piece/peace

wood/would

hare/hair

nose/knows
 
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You rein in people or actions you wish to control or curtail, as in the reins used to control a horse. Not reign in. You toe a line, not tow it. And military weaponry is ordnance, not ordinance. (The last one, strictly speaking, is not a homophone, but is similar enough to include.)
 
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soul/sole

and not a homophone but I get so sick of seeing this on FB sale pages.

I have something to sale
I want to sale
I got tired of writing "sell"
 
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Manner, manor. Which aren't even perfect homophones.




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Know I do not No.




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Ewe, yew, and you.



Yeah, well sometimes nothin' can be a real cool hand.
 
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breach, breech

sigfreund, you forgot "cite" in your post.
 
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Affect / effect




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I assume they take quarters just like a regular phone.

 
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^ made me lol.

Sale/sail
Pear/pair/pare
Seem/seam


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By, bye, and buy

Blew and blue

Add and ad

Way, weigh, and whay whey (thanks trapper)

Write, right, and rite

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Fair/Fare


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Pale and pail.



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Frequently mis-used on this forum:
  • site
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Originally posted by P250UA5:
Affect / effect


I actually pronounce those two slightly differently.
On the other hand, I pronounce ordnance and ordinance the same, so I suppose one person’s homophone is another’s dialect. Wink

Thanks for the other examples. I believe that thus far braise/braze is the pair that I would have been least likely to think of myself.




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