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THE INTRICACIES OF HOMOPHONES.

Homophones are words which have the same pronunciation but different spellings and meanings. Homophones differ in a variety of ways. They may ...
 1. have the same number of letters:
  (a) same letters = transposals
  (b) one letter different:
     (i) a vowel replaced by a different vowel
     (ii) a vowel replaced by a Y
     (iii) a vowel replaced by a consonant
     (iv) a consonant replaced by a consonant such as
          prise and prize-these are not considered here
2. have a different number of letters:
    (a) by losing a single letter
    (b) by replacing a single letter, or a group of letters,
        with a different length group of letters.
1. SAME NUMBER OF LETTERS
 (a) TRANSPOSALS


In these the last 2 letters swap places:
 DE - ED HIDE - HIED MEDE - MEED PRIDE - PRIED RUDE - RUED TIDE - TIED
KE-EK PEEK-PEKE
EL - LE ABEL - ABLE GAEL - GALE
ER-RE DIER - DIRE METER - METRE SEER - SERE SHIER - SHITE VEER - VERE
ES - SE HOES - HOSE NOES - NOSE  POES (more than one person named
     POE)-POSE PRIES - PRISE ROES - ROSE


In these, the last 2 letters do not swap places:

BARE - BEAR BREAK - BRAKE GREAT - GRATE STAKE - STEAK WARE - WEAR
ONE LETTER DIFFERENT
 (i) A VOWEL REPLACE D BY A DIFFERENT VOWEL
A replaced by E


In these, the A is replaced by the 2nd E of a doubled EE:
 BEACH-BEECH   BREACH-BREECH   BEAN-BEEN     BEAT-BEET
CHEAP-CHEEP   CREAK-CREEK     DEAR-DEER     FEAT-FEET
FLEA-FLEE     HEAL-HEEL       LEACH-LEECH   LEAK-LEEK
LEAR-LEER     MEAT-MEET       PEA-PEE       PEAK-PEEK
PEAL-PEEL     READ-REED       SEA-SEE       SEAM-SEEM
SEAS-SEES     SHEAR-SHEER     STEAL-STEEL   TEA-TEE
TEAM-TEEM     TEAS-TEES       WEAK-WEEK


In these, the A is replaced by an E which is not part of a doubled EE:
 AYE-EYE               CURRANT-CURRENT   DRAY-DREY       DUAL-DUEL
FAINT-FEINT           FATE-FETE         LAY-LEY         NAVAL-NAVEL
PRAY-PREY             RAIN-REIN         STATIONARY-
                                        STATIONERY
SUMMARY-SUMMERY       TOAD-TOED         VAIL-VEIL       VAIN-VEIN
   A replaced
   by O
       AUGHT-OUGHT       BOAR-BOOR       BROACH-BROOCH
SWAB-SWOB             SWAT-SWOT         WARN-WORN       WRATH-WROTH
   A replaced
    by U
      COARSE-COURSE
   E replaced
    by I
      ANTE/ANTI         BEER-BJER       BERTH-BIRTH
COUNSEL-COUNCIL       FRANCES/FRANCIS   FREEZE-FRIEZE   PEER-PIER
TAXES / TAXIS
  E replaced by
  O
               CENSER-CENSOR     LESSEN-LESSON   SEW-SOW
SHOE-SHOO
   E replaced
   by U
       TERN-TURN
  I replaced
   by O
           WHIRL-WHORL
  I replaced
  by U
        FIR-FUR
  O replaced
  by U
        SON-SUN           TON-TUN
   (ii) A VOWEL REPLACED BY Y
E replaced by
Y
             EERIE/EYRIE
I replaced by
Y
             DIER-DYER   DINE-DYNE   DRIER-DRYER   PRIOR-PRYOR
RIDE-RYDE             TIRE-TYRE
   (iii) A VOWEL REPLACED BY A CONSONANT
A replaced
           BAA-BAR     GROAN-GROWN   MOAN-MOWN
E replaced
           ROLE-ROLL   ROES-ROWS     SLOE-SLOW   THROES-THROWS
TOE-TOW
I replaced
           STUDIED-STUDDED
O replaced
           TOO-TWO
U replaced
           CAUL-CALL   GAUL-GALL     MAUL-MALL   PAUL-PALL
DOUSE-DOWSE        FOUL-FOWL
2. A DIFFERENT NUMBER OF LETTERS
 (a) LOSE A SINGLE LETTER


AISLE-A-ISLE BOARDER-A = BORDER BREAD-A = BRED HEARD-A = HERD HOARSE-A = HORSE LEAD-A = LED LEANT-A = LENT OAR-A = OR HOBBS-B = HOBS JAMB-B = JAM PLUMB-B = PLUM SCENT-C = SENT LADD-D = LAD BEE-E = BE BYE-E= BY CASHE-E = CASH CASTE-E = CAST CORED-E = CORD DIE-E = DI FINED-E = FIND FLOE-E = FLO FLUE-E = FLU FORE-E = FOR GREATER-E = GRATER HEART-E = HART HEROINE-E = HEROIN HIE-E = HI HOE-E = HO HOLED-E= HOLD KAYE-E = KAY LORE-E = LOR MAINE-E = MAIN MINED-E = MIND MOOED-E = MOOD NORE-E = NOR ORE-E = OR PEASE-E = PEAS PLEASE-E = PLEAS PROSE-E = PROS SLEIGHT-E = SLIGHT SOLED-E = SOLD STYE-E = STY TAXIES-E = TAXIS TEASE-E = TEAS TORE-E = TOR WEE-E = WE GRAFF-F = GRAF (both surnames) GNAT-G = NAT REIGN-G = REIN CHORD-H= CORD PAH-H = PA SOH-H = SO WHALES'-H = WALES WHEN-H = WEN WHET-H= WET WHETHER-H = WETHER WHIG-H = WIG WHILE-H = WILE WHINE-H = WINE WHIT-H = WIT WHITHER-H= WITHER BANDIED-I= BANDED CANDIED-1 = CANDED DAILY-1 = DALY(s.name) MAIZE-I = MAZE PLAICE-1 = PLACE POSIES-1 = POSES TAXIES-1 = TAXES TIDIED-1 = TIDED WAIVE-1= WAVE J... BLOCK-K = BLOC KNAVE-K = NAVE KNELL-K = NELL KNEW-K = NEW KNIGHT-K= NIGHT KNIT-K = NIT KNOT-K = NOT KNUT-K = NUT PICKS-K = PICS SACK-K = SAC SICK-K = SIC SPECKS-K = SPECS TICK-K = TIC HOLMES-L = HOMES MARSHALL-L = MARSHAL COMMON-M= COMON (surname) CANNON-N = CANON (s name) DAMN-N = DAM FINNISH-N = FINISH INN-N = IN NUNN (surname)-N = NUN CALLOUS -O = CALLUS KIPPS- P = KIPS Q... BARR (surname)- R = BAR ERR-R = ER FARTHER-R = FATHER IRON-R = ION MAR-R = MA TAR-R = TA DOSS-5 = DOS LOSS-S = LOS BUTT- T = BUT MATT-T = MAT SETT-T = SET BOULDER-U = BOLDER BUOY-U = BOY BUY-U = BY FOUR-U = FOR GAUGE-U = GAGE GUILD-U = GILD GUILT-U = GILT MOURN-U = MORN RIGOUR-U = RIGOR V... FLOW-W= FLO LOW-W = LO MOW-W = MO SOW-W=SO WHOLE-W = HOLE WRACK-W = RACK WRAP-W = RAP WRAPPED-W = RAPPED WREST-W = REST WRING-W = RING WRITE-W = RITE WROTE-W = ROTE WRUNG-W = RUNG X ... Y ... Z ...

Rarely, a set of 3 homophones can be obtained by losing 1 letter after another: PARR-R = PAR-R = PA BOURNE-U = BORNE -E = BORN
(b) REPLACING LETTERS
 


Some homophones are formed when 1 or more letters are replaced in a word: replaced
 by         2 letters replaced by 1 letter
A
   MANNER-MANNA     TUBER-TUBA     WHERE-WARE     ROTOR-
                                                           ROTA
           LOWED-LOAD       ROWED-ROAD     TOWED-TOAD
E
   BEE-BE
I
   STAYED-STAID     RHYME-RIME     THYME-TIME
O
   BRITAIN-BRITON   AURAL-ORAL     RIGGER-RIGOR
S
   BOOZE-BOOS       FREEZE-FREES   FURZE-FURS
T
   BUSED-BUST       LEASED-LEAST
U
   PEARL-PURL       BERRY-BURY     CREWEL-CRUEL   FLEW-    MEW-
                                                           FLU      MU
Y
   CHILLIE-CHILLY
Z
   RAISE-RAZE
by   2 letters replaced by 2 letters
EW
   DUE-DEW       YOU-YEW
ZE
   CRAYS-CRAZE   DAYS-DAZE   LAYS-LAZE   RAYS-RAZE
by    2 letters replaced by 3 letters
E
 --   BOW-BEAU     ISLET-EYELET
I
 --   LOO-LIEU     REVUE-REVIEW   GUYS-GUISE
O
 --   SHAW-SHORE
Q
 --   KEY-QUAY
U
 --   HEW-HUGH     PEW-PUGH
by     2 letters replaced by 4 letters
I
 ---   STYX-STICKS
O
 ---   THREW-THROUGH
by                3 letters replaced by 1 letter
A
   LEIGH-LEA
C
   QUEUE-CUE
K
   SACQUE-SACK
T
   DUCKED-DUCT PACKED-PACT PICKED-PICT
X
   FLECKS-FLEX LACKS-LAX PACKS-PAX RECKS-REX SICKS-SIX
                  TACKS-TAX TRECKS-TREX
by                  3 letters replaced by 3 letters
A
 --  GREYS-GRAZE
by                   3 letters replaced by 4 letters
A
 ---   PREYS-PRAISE
C
 ---   KERNEL-COLONEL
U
 ---   FIRS-FURZE
by                    3 letters replaced by 5 letters
O
 ----  TALK-TORQUE
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Date:Nov 1, 2017
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