Clever Illustrations Of “Same” Words That People Confuse Way Too Often

What happens when a frog’s car breaks down? It gets toad away. If you laughed at this joke more than you probably should have, you know that words are fun. Bruce Worden, the man behind a blog called Homophones Weakly, also shares this opinion. Like you might have already guessed, he’s into homophones (each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling). In fact, Bruce likes them so much, he’s even visualizing them. Scroll down for some of the best examples!

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  1. Anonymous August 19, 2020

    Obviously not done by someone with English as a first language.
    Americans use a perverse form that is almost unrecognisable as English.

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  2. Anonymous August 19, 2020

    You must be fun at parties.

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  3. Gorge August 19, 2020

    Most fun to be had at political parties

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  4. Anonymous August 19, 2020

    What a lot of Turkey

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  5. English as she is spoke August 19, 2020

    I’m a native English speaker. A lot of those aren’t homophones for me. These sound nothing like each other:

    – exercise, exorcise
    – whine, wine
    – hole, whole
    – which, witch
    – colonel, kernel
    – gorilla, guerilla
    – parish, perish
    – fairy, ferry

    No, of course I don’t have an accent. Everyone else does.

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  6. Bob Kebob August 20, 2020

    British people are the sausage. I mean the wurst.

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  7. Anonymous August 20, 2020

    It’s the confused phrases that I see more often, mostly in emails at work:
    “Should of” instead of “should have”
    “Seen as” instead of “seeing as”
    And the one that makes me laugh as I imagine the sender striking a dramatic pose – “As a pose to” instead of “as opposed to”

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  8. Pete August 20, 2020

    I love these! But why is the peeing man peeing dramatically upwards? There is only one circumstance in which that would happenand I fail to see the relevance.

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  9. Anonymous August 20, 2020

    These should be flash cards for school kids. Or permanent bulletin board displays. I wonder if those who speak other languages screw up usage as much as we do?

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  10. Bollywood Tracks Lyrics August 20, 2020

    Outstanding Job…

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  11. Anonymous August 20, 2020

    Grease was stupid

  12. Anonymous August 20, 2020

    What about ‘cue’ and ‘queue ‘ ?

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  13. Sue August 20, 2020

    What about allowed and aloud… sooooo many people use the wrong spelling.

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  14. Anonymous August 20, 2020

    I see many Am/Br natives confusing “hair/her/heir/here”, “their/they’re/there”, “ship/sheep/chip/cheap”, “leave/live”, “your/you’re”, “though/tough/thought”, “bit/bite/beet/beat”, even “sun/son”… I’m Portuguese, by the way ;)

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  15. Blank August 20, 2020

    Children…what humans produce.
    Kids…what goats produce

  16. zeph August 20, 2020

    I don’t see why a priest needs a lab flask for an exorcism, though. I suppose it’s scientific holy water?

  17. Anonymous August 21, 2020

    These are fun

  18. Anonymous August 21, 2020

    All a bit of fun until the author has no idea which witch is the right witch, which should have the right rites.

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  19. Anonymous August 21, 2020

    To the “real” English-speakers bitching and moaning in the comments: first of all, you DO realise that English is a bastard language, right? Secondly, considering you represent a group which somehow pronounces “lieutenant” as “LEFTtenant” and “colonel” as “KERnel”, I hardly think any of you dolts are in a position to complain about someone else’s pronunciation.

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  20. Roy August 21, 2020

    Yeah but it was our pronunciation first!! Omg I can almost hear you pronouncing pronunciation

  21. Anonymous August 21, 2020

    It’s not the pronunciation that’s the problem. The whole problem must be possible to be remedied by schooling. How come a lot of those who learnt English as a second language get it right when native English speakers don’t. May be British schools should adopt the way other countries teach their children.

  22. IHatePeople August 21, 2020

    Bred and bread

  23. ImaginaryLoop August 21, 2020

    I’m a witch that has an inordinate amount of trouble to spell which… Every frigging time. The word just does not compute. (even now I’m relying on the autosuggestion not to fail me…)

  24. Anonymous August 22, 2020

    wow no sheet.

  25. Oppiesee August 22, 2020

    I had such a good laugh at all of you
    :D
    Keep it up!

  26. Anonymous August 22, 2020

    I wonder how you guys will pronounce ‘oppiesee’

  27. Anonymous August 22, 2020

    so many ‘proud british’ responses

  28. Anonymous August 22, 2020

    Heart and hearth is very common too

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  29. Neel August 22, 2020

    Absolutely love making fun of English. A language which uses a more amazing variance of letters with a total lack of variance in sound… Worcestershire sauce comes to mind… Colonel… in other languages we just say what we write… write.. right?

  30. Anonymous August 22, 2020

    How about Blew, Blue, Sale, Sail, Right, Write, Pique, Peek, Peak, Pour, Pore, Sight, Site, Sew, So, Sow, Bite, Byte.

  31. K August 22, 2020

    Bat, bath, tooth, truth, sole, soul

  32. Anonymous August 23, 2020

    Air/Heir, fare/fair, stare/stair, dire/dyer, dye/die, hi/high, hire/higher, rain/reign, herd/heard, due/dew, meet/meat, it’s/its…I’m sure there are thousands more

  33. Martin August 25, 2020

    How does this help people know the difference between ‘bear with me’ and ‘bare with me’? Or to spell the exclamation ‘hear hear!’ (‘here here’?) correctly?

  34. Farmer August 26, 2020

    Cheap and sheep

  35. AnonyMouse August 28, 2020

    Previous poster said “English is a bastard language”. As an born English speaker who learned and spoke another Latin language for years, english IS a bastard language. English is a mess compared to the structure and organization you find with Latin languages. Any snooty comments regarding it as refined is obviously uninformed and ignorant.

  36. RieeeeCeeee August 30, 2020

    This was a good list. I agree with most other peoples comments. The English language is getting butchered because words are not being used in the correct context.

    A prime example I see a lot is when people are trying to say you’re and using your. Please stop!

  37. Anonymous September 4, 2020

    Loose/Lose, Effect/Affect or Too/To, examples often used incorrectly

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