There are a lot of these! I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I started writing about common homophones. But here we are on the Ts. Well, there are lots of t-homophones, so this is the first half.
Homophones, remember, are words that sound alike, but have different spellings and definitions. They cause problems for spellers because they sound the same and aren’t caught by spellcheckers. These are words you just have to learn by heart.
A Facebook fan recently asked me to solve a usage disagreement regarding the words continual and continuous. Are they synonymous and interchangeable or not?
A fatal drowning? Yeah, that’s redundant. Drowning, by definition, means dying by being underwater and unable to breathe. But this kind of thing isn’t uncommon in publications. Keep an eye out for this kind of redundancy and get familiar with these other potentially misleading words.
The word contronym is a recently coined neologism. It refers to words that have definitions that are opposite of one another. There are words–common ones, mind you–that mean the opposite of themselves in certain contexts. Learn more!