Fun with words

I regret to say that the misuse of homonyms is one of the things that either sets my teeth on edge or sends me into fits of laughter.  When those homely homonyms best the minds of many.  So here are just a few to play with when having fun with words.  See what trouble or misunderstandings come from more than one word sounds like the one you're aiming for but means something totally different.


To give a few examples:

air, heir 

Who is the air's heir to inherit the wind?


There are two that should caution the ones who drink brew:

ale, ail or beer, bier

The first would say -

Those that drink an abundance of ale on the morrow might ail.




Should you drink too much beer you might end on a bier.

Just a few more.


allowed, aloud  or read, red

In libraries it is not allowed to read aloud.

But yesterday I did just that when I read the red book.


meet, meat or ate, eight

In the competitive eating world is it a wonder the winner ate eight meats at the meet?



scent, cent, sent

The scent of the cent sent the greedy into paroxysms!


bawled, bald, balled or hare, hair

Why is it that the once hirsute hare bawled when his barber handed him his hair balled up when he became quite bald?


then, than, there, they're, their, you're, your, you're

Then there is nothing more tricky than for one find their manners, common to your world in days of yore, no longer are respected and you're confronted with the discovery that they're laughed at.


Polish or polish; ale or ail

I tried to polish my Polish husband he would not allow it he threw his Ale at me now I ail


and lastly we have,

The dancer in frilly tutu, tripped lightly to the stage and met her partner.  The two twirled and glissaded sedately and spritely then inviting you in too.



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Comments (13)

  1. Munkyman

    Bier is Beer, in German & more archaic English too… odd that it has come to mean the pedestal for a coffin in modern English.

    April 20, 2016
    1. SEC

      ayup that is what makes etymology fun

      April 20, 2016
  2. noahbody

    Oft confused words.

    April 20, 2016
    1. SEC

      Ayup and the source of many a snicker when caught

      April 20, 2016
      1. noahbody


        April 20, 2016
  3. Bettymom

    That drives me nutso as well. I went so far as to cross out an incorrect word on a sign in WalMart and write in the correct word. (Well, that’s what they get for leaving their marker on the table, right?)

    April 20, 2016
    1. SEC

      absolutely I could see me doing the same thing

      April 20, 2016
  4. cjb321

    Ah, the English language…..a wondrous mass of different letters thrown together in complete array to confuse the unwary tongue.

    April 21, 2016
    1. SEC

      and it seems to suffer from kleptomania

      April 21, 2016
      1. cjb321

        Yes it does. hahaha

        April 21, 2016
  5. briton

    After a successful hair transplant a man would be unbald
    After castration a man is unballed.

    May 16, 2016
    1. SEC


      May 16, 2016
  6. imogenmustar

    Fun with the words for the humans and for the humor. The prospects are to buy essay for the filled. The embraced for the fun and humor.

    November 25, 2016