Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs and More — Illustrated


I created this diagram for my own use. I constantly confuse wordy terms like homophone, homonym, homograph, heteronym, and heterograph and needed a visual way to keep the relationships straight. But I play well and get along with others, so I decided to share.

I hope you find use for it. Feel free to share it, too.

Venn Diagram of Word Relationships

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Brian WaskoBrian is the founder and president of WriteAtHome.com. One of his passions is to teach young people how to write better.View all posts by Brian Wasko

  1. Pat Eickman
    Pat Eickman08-22-2012

    Only someone who loves words would invent a diagram like this. Thank you for organizing a set of confusing terms!

  2. Kendall Linn
    Kendall Linn08-17-2012

    So doesn’t address also fall into homonyms (what is the address, he will give an address after lunch)

    And route and rout can go into the heterograph category.

    Oh my, confusing and yet kind of fun…yeah, I’m weird!

    • Brian Wasko
      Brian Wasko08-17-2012

      Very observant. You are correct about “address.” It is also a homonym. Words can be in multiple categories.

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