Which homonyms build and
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics, linguistics, neologism, idiom, cant, and argot.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
raise and raze
It takes a village to raise a child - but
it takes a Cossack to raze a village.
I think of myself as an amateur linguist - I would
like to have a PhD in Linguistics someday - so my husband asks me odd-ball
questions all the time about how language is used.
One day (some time before I subscribed to this
mailing list) he asked me if there were 2 words in the English language that
were phonetically the same (homophones) but were opposite in meaning.
Almost without thinking, I gave him
raze and raise (he was not familiar with the "obscure" raze).
I also pointed out that RAYS, though not an
opposite, also sounds like the other two. I am going to send him this page to
prove that I'm not the only one who thinks this stuff is cool. Thanks!
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