Greetings and salutations Whyvillians - I come in peace! I come bearing gifts - well, one gift, and it's a grammar lesson, but I promise to try my darndest to make it a FUN grammar lesson. Now, I know you don't quite believe such a thing could exist, but I was once dubious like yourselves. And then I learned about homophones.
"Homophones!? What the heck are those?" I can hear you asking. And more importantly, you're asking yourself, "How can they possibly be fun?" Well let me tell you.
Homophones, (not to be confused with people who are afraid of homosexuals) are words that are pronounced exactly the same but have different meanings . As you can imagine, homophones end up being words that are bothersome and often confusing. I'm sure you can think of some common homophones off the top of your head, and I'm sure you can think of some incidents where you've seen them used wrong. In fact, the Times is often full of misused homophones and it is NOT fun to see these mistakes. So my fellow readers, in the interest of having fun, it is time to pick up the fight and join the crusade to end the improper use of homophones. In order to do that, I guess we should start by identifying some homophones and then figuring out when to use each word.