Monday, April 20, 2009

Homophones

No, these are not gay communication devices. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. If you're not careful, they can lead to confusion. Take these scenarios for example...





My question is... are people who are afraid of homophones homophoneophobic?

57 comments:

Anne said...

ARE there people afraid of homophones? I knead to no.

VE said...

anne - Know weigh

moooooog35 said...

Now, let's say you're afraid of the sentence:

"Did you hear that Marvin Gaye?"

Are you homoerotichomophobichomophoneophobic?

The world demands answers!

Just probably not to that question.

lime said...

i'm not even sure i could pronounce homophonophobic

VE said...

moooooo35 - Well, if you were homoerotichomophobichomophoneophobic you'd definitely need some sexual healing...

The Incredible Woody said...

My Dad 'collects' homophones. He has a huge list - several hundred. What should I call him?

VE said...

lime - I think you just did.

Gladys said...

Now see my doctor told my husband I needed hormones...well my husband thought that he said I need whore moans. Let me tell you I'd rather do the latter than take the former.

Jeff said...
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Elizabeth said...

Ahhhh, I want to say somthing funny and clever, but don't get it! But it's still early here, maybe after I've had my coffee?

Kurt said...

This is bowl sheet.

VE said...

the incredible woody - Do you think if you called him "awed" he would take it as a compliment?

gladys - I think your husband has the right answer. Whore moans would be much cheaper and WAY more effective!

elizabeth - Well, you are several time zones earlier than most states. Try again in a few hours and see if this makes sense then.

kurt - Says ewe....

Jeff said...

Man, I've heard of conservative, but I've never seen someone as "right" as that guy!

VE said...

jeff - Ha! He would have made a great press secretary for the previous administration.

Elizabeth said...

HOMPHONES!! Owe, now I get it! Now if I could think of an egg sample of won.

VE said...

elizabeth - Ding.ding.ding.ding.ding... I see the caffeine just kicked in. Good morning!

Beth said...

I have no fear of homophones – I lead a delightful life of confusion due to misunderstanding what I here. (Or there...their...they’re...)

VE said...

beth - I here there you're friends.

ReformingGeek said...

BEAR right. I thought you meant LEFT or was there a bare person.

Pear? Pair? I love it.

Hilarious, VE!

freetheunicorns said...

Actually, he doesn't have an impressive pair. They're really quite small.

Does that make homophonbic? Is that even a word?

ANNA-LYS said...

LOL
It sounds Swenglish to me, I always speak Swenglish, so I guess it makes me more of a homophoneomaniac ;-)

VE said...

reforminggeek - Kinda makes you wonder if David was really a fruit...

freethunicaorns - Yes, that makes you afraid of gay things that sound alike. For example, you would be afraid of someone named Ray Achin.

anna-lys - Yes you are! And I'd love to hear some of your maniacal Swedish homophones. ;-)

VE said...

freetheunicorns - I think I owe you a free comment for mangling your name on that last one.

Quirkyloon said...

Ha!

No attempt at a homophone here.

Just Ha!

You funny!

Ha!

Mike said...

And how many of those can even pronounce "homophoneophobic"?

Nessa said...

Wow, this is just like Sesame Street.

Jaime said...

HA! this reminds of of the amelia bedelia books i'd read growing up. they'd ask her to make a date cake - and she'd cut up a calendar, putting the dates into the batter. oddly, that seems exactly like something my mother in law would do...

Candie Bracci said...

LOL!I like the last one!
:D

VE said...

quirkyloon - Homophones are hard to play, so I don't blame you for not attempting it.

mike - I'd be afraid to try!

nessa - Well, you know what they said about Bert and Ernie... Many homophobes were afraid of their relationship.

jaime - I'm pretty sure Amelia Bedelia had some kind of learning disorder.

candie bracci - Thanks. I couldn't bear to not use it.

Angie said...

hey, I just taught this lesson on homophones last week to my third graders... they have a large list of them... :)

Serena said...

Are people who are afraid of homophones homophoneophobic?Well, yes, I think they probably are. But only because they can't be here to hear them read aloud, which isn't allowed in the red room.

The Self-Deprechaun said...

I don't want to seem narrow minded and a bigot but I'm afraid of liking homophones too much. Don't ask, don't tell.

VE said...

angie - This same lesson?! I hope you left out the part about the "impressive pear!"

serena - Very clever ;-) It sounds like YOU'RE the one who has been teaching 3rd graders lately.

VE said...

self-deprechaun - I'm flattered you chose my blog for your coming out.

Janna said...

I scents a disturbance in the force!
(**sniff sniff**) There are cents of homonyms in the air.
And maybe a hint of vanilla.

Just my two sense.
Or maybe just one sent.

If I tried this on any other blog, they would have cent me away a long time ago.

VE said...

janna - The perfect comment for this Fantastical NonSENSE!

Megan said...

I think somebody came along and stole my clever gene. My mind is a complete blank.

That first one is my favorite.

Dalton J. Fox said...
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Dalton J. Fox said...

Yeah, I'm with Megan. I think I might've showed up too late to add any witty homophone comments since all the good ones have been taken already. Thanks for leaving me with nothing, guise.

Ronda Laveen said...

Oops! I thought you ordered "bare left." I guess I should cover it back up now.

VE said...

megan - Levis are pretty clever jeans, but I think Lees are brilliant.

dalton j. fox - You know what they say... the early word gets the turn.

ronda laveen - I love a good wardrobe malfunction in the morning! ;-)

Alan Smithee said...

Alan Smithee awaits a new post.

Chris Wood said...

Good thing you cleared that up, I could have spent hours in confusion! More than I usually do, that is ...

VE said...

alan smithee - So does VE. Check back in the a.m.

chris wood - Hey... sometimes a few hours in the clouds can be very refreshing!

Quirkyloon said...

Problem.

There is no Tuesday post!

What is up with that VE?

Come on Dude, get your priorities straight.

Us-readers of your blog.
God.
Country.
Wife.
Kids.
You.

Ka-peesh?

heh heh

VE said...

Quirkyloon - Sorry you all had to go through cold turkey today. The gnomes found a pregnant wombat in the warpdrive and were working overtime to remedy the rash. It was severe enough that I had to go next door to check email.

Things should be back to abnormal tomorrow.

colbymarshall said...

but, by your definition of homophone, could a homophone NOT also be a gay communication device?

VE said...

colbymarshall - You can't prove a negative, but I think you're correct. Or not. Prove it.

Matt-Man said...

Ha. Funny. You tickled my humerus. Cheers!!

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

My head hurts again.

leelee said...

LOLOLOL

are you sure we didn't go to different high schools together?

HUGS!

Chris C said...

arrggghhh! I had this same post idea kicking around in my ideas notebook called "Don't Call Me a Homophone", even with the no it's not a gay reference thing.

Great minds think alike. :)

Maureen said...

I'm too tired to think of something witty, so I'll just ask.

You drive your family nuts, don't you?

Mrsupole said...

I guess this is why or language is won of the hardest two learn.

God bless.

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Panharith said...

Good thing you cleared that up, I could have spent hours in confusion! More than I usually do, that is ...


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