THE INTRICACIES OF HOMOPHONES.
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