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Is There a Name for This?

 
 
Roberta
 
Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 04:23 am
Words that are pronounced the same but are spelled differently are called homonyms or homophones. But what about words that are spelled the same but are pronounced differently? Is there a word for this?

Examples:

minute--unit of time; very small
refuse--garbage; say no
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Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 04:38 am
homograph
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Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 04:43 am
AskOxford: Frequently Asked Questions
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 08:38 am
Thanks mucho, Wilso. I assumed there had to be a word for it. I just didn't know how to find it. :-)

I'm guessing that there's probably a word for everything.
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mezzie
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 02:02 pm
And if there isn't, we circumlocute and coin words until one catches on and spreads, becoming the new word for whatever it was that didn't have a word for it...
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rufio
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 06:24 pm
I thought that was a way of making a verb out of a noun or adjective. Like

broadcast (pronounced the same, though)
perfect
contract
ride (ditto)
walk (ditto)

etc.
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Rounin
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 08:01 pm
Why can't we all be like civilized people and slap "suru" on the end.
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Mr Stillwater
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 08:40 pm
I don't know if this 'Suru' person would care for all that much attention.
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Roberta
 
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Reply Wed 10 Dec, 2003 10:41 pm
Mezzie, New stuff requires new words. No question about it. My mind is occasionally boggled at the thought that there's a word for everything. EVERYTHING.

Sometimes, as Rufio suggests, we take a word and make it serve in a different context. A noun becomes a verb and vice versa.

Mr. Stillwater, LOL.
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