Welcome to this edition of Words For Thought, the blog on wordrefiner.com. Like many of the previous blogs we are looking at homophones. Words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings.
I understand how important it is to have an error free manuscript. With over 40 years of experience, I have found that homophones give almost every writer fits and difficulties. Because we sound words out in our mind, it is easy to write the wrong word.
Let’s not forget typographical errors also, a slip of the finger on the keyboard can create a different word that may not be caught by a spell-checker. There are many groups of words that vary by only one letter, such as vary and very, or must, mist and most.
The correctly spelled word in the wrong context will not be flagged by most spell-checkers. Word Refiner is dedicated to uprooting all of these hidden errors and providing your document free of spelling errors that you want and deserve.
Now, onto today’s episode!
Pair has multiple meanings of course, like so much of the English language. We will consider two of them today:
1st is to put two things together. Like pairing a wine with a particular food in a meal.
2nd is to have a pair of apples or two of anything.
These two definitions are similar but not the same.
Look how Pair contrasts with Pare, this homonym is quite the opposite in meaning.
Pare means to reduce or make smaller. When you Pare an apple, you are removing the skin of the apple, thus making it smaller. You can also Pare a list of 7 items down to 3.
Pear, we have been talking about fruit, so we cannot ignore the third homonym of this set. What a wonderful thing to eat, a ripe Pear, they can be so sweet and juicy or firm and crisp in taste, depending on the variety you eat. I prefer the former personally.
There they are, three words with identical sounds, and two of the words even have the same letters. If you use the wrong word the reader might think they hit an invisible tree root and lose the reading momentum you worked so hard to build. Use every tool available to prevent that from happening, do not give your readers a reason to not finish your story. Use Word Refiner, beta readers, critique partners, proofreaders and editors to ensure that your work is error free and as smooth as possible.
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