Homophones

These are all words that sound identical but are spelt differently, and have different meanings. For example, hair and hare sound the same but their meanings are totally different. After all, you wouldn’t want to have hares growing out of your head, now would you?

Spelling is one of the biggest causes for confusion in the written language, whatever the language. So, just to bore you silly and as I have absolutely nothing better to write about, here are some of the most common homophones.

aisle/isle

aloud/allowed

ascent/assent

beach/beech

board/bored

canon/cannon

cereal/serial

chord/cord

coarse/course

draft/draught

gage/gauge

hair/hare

hall/haul

hoard/horde

hole/whole

its/it’s

leak/leek

lessen/lesson

maize/maze

mews/muse

moor/more

pail/pale

pair/pare/pear

pause/paws

peer/pier

plain/plane

practice/practise

principal/principle

rain/reign/rein

raise/raze

right/rite

role/roll

sauce/source

sight/site

son/sun

stair/stare

stake/steak

stationary/stationery

swat/swot

tail/tale

their/there

to/too/two

vain/vane/vein

waist/waste

waive/wave

weather/whether

wholly/holy

who’s/whose

yoke/yolk

your/you’re

This is in no way a complete list, but it’s all I can remember off the top of my head.