We’ve all been there. There are just certain words that sound so much alike even though they have completely different meanings. And sometimes, when we are required to spell them, it is a STRUGGLE. That is why we are so grateful for illustrator Bruce Worden’s brilliantly clever depictions of some of your favorite homophones.
He actually made one of these illustrations on a weekly basis from 2011 through 2016. He told MyModernMet that he “was inspired to do it because I felt like, as spell-check software became more and more reliable, I was seeing a surprising amount of homophone typos slipping through professionally edited content — presumably because the software still recognized them as real words and there weren’t enough human eyes on the job. I just wanted to do something to be ‘part of the solution’ instead of shaking my fist at the air.”
In addition to the solution, Worden has also provided us with a bit of wit … or whit … whatever. Check out some of his best below (with his descriptions) and try not to laugh out loud — and for more of Worden’s wordplay, visit his Homophones, Weakly blog.
As in, “I just can’t concentrate on this meeting.”
Remember the difference. Very, very important.
In the summer, I say “shoo” to my shoes.
Sometimes I wonder how often people realize these are two separate words.
With an E – items or actions that match, are opposites, form a complete unit, or otherwise go hand-in-hand.
With an I – an indication of approval.
“My compliments to the chef for the way this hair complements my soup.”
I know what you’re thinking; but I wasn’t gonna shill for some fast food restaurant here …
So many combinations of Ls and Ts! And As and Es! Who can keep them all straight??
As in, “You and your armband-wearing, flying-V–playing, synth band get the fuck out of my club!”
I like this one; a set of homophones that includes three different parts of speech and a pair of homonyms!
Bare – (adj. / v.) uncovered / to uncover.
Bear – (n.) a type of large carnivorous animal. / (v.) to carry.
Right – 1: opposite of left. 2: correct.
Rite – ceremony, ritual.
Wright – worker, craftsperson.
Write – oh, jeez, just try to define writing, wouldja? Let’s see … to communicate using visual/tactile symbols that represent words/concepts. Or something like that. Sheesh. If you’re reading this, you know what writing is!
With an A – a type of berry.
With an E – (n) a flow of water or electricity. (adj.) belonging to the present time.
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