Welcome to another edition of #HomonymsHurtYourWriting. It is very true that misspelled or misplaced words can create potholes in the otherwise smooth ride your book/vehicle intends to provide to the reader.
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.
We have our triple, two of the words even have the same letters; but in a different order. The possibilities for hidden errors to creep into your writing are nearly endless in the English language, because a computer spellchecker will not catch the correctly spelled word in the wrong context.
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