Oh Know!

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Image courtesy of Beverley Wright

Someone spotted this in a title’s article on social media. It’s a case of homonym confusion.”Know” sounds like “no” to the ears, but it clearly doesn’t mean the same thing. As we know, one means awareness, and the other means negative.

Here are some other homonyms that stump us at the computer or on paper:

  • There/their/they’re
  • Your/You’re
  • Peak/peek
  • Sea/see

It’s difficult to stop them from getting through because spell-check won’t arrest them. Read through your writing, and last but not least, get a second pair of eyes to look it over.

Are there any homonym pairs that confuse you? Do tell.

Happy reading and writing, my friends!

Sean C. Wright is the author of the short story collection A Gathering of Butterflies and the novella Honey Riley. For more information about her writing skills and how she can assist you with yours–business or consumer–visit http://www.iwrightaway.com/.

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Send me your typo images! Snap pictures and email them to msseanc@aol.com. They must be real pictures and not images in online links, as those might be doctored. I’m looking for The Real McCoy. Conceal the company’s identity if possible. No sweat if you can’t. I’ll hide the name before I post it. We’re not looking to embarrass, but to educate.