As a published author and writer, the use of synonyms and homonyms has been most beneficial to my writing tasks. They are also fun to use, fun to learn. However, I have seen and heard the confusion concerning synonyms and homonyms. Many people, especially elemental youngsters, do not know the difference between the two and therefore do not know how to use one or the other. Well, practice makes perfect and I would like to help…
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a synonym as ” a word that has a meaning identical or very similar to that of another word in the same language.” Furthermore, a homonym is defined as “one of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning.”
Repeat after me: “Homonym same, Synonym mean. Homonym same, Synonym mean.”
Why use them? The use of such words in your writing and/or speaking will keep you, your readers, and listeners far from boredom. Instead of using the same descriptive words, verbs, pronouns. or words of any sort in your text and/or essays and/or speeches, synonyms and homonyms will enhance your knowledge and increase the knowledge of expression between yourself and others.
Both types of words are actually fun to use. At least it is fun to me. But as I told you already, I am a writer and I’m always looking to express my typed word in a different manner. 😀 I try to keep my readers focussed with the attention on my message(s). Is it working?!
As a hint, the best way I always remember homonyms is with the word “same” — homonyms sound the same – as expressed in the above mantra. For instance, bear and bare, shoe and shoo, meat and meet, eye and I, new and knew, see and sea, slow and slough, night and knight, etc. The use of these words greatly depends upon the context of your sentence or sentences.
Click here: http://www.abcteach.com/free/l/list_homonyms.pdf
Here are more examples of honomyms taken from a Google search for your better understanding:
Angle: figure formed by two lines projecting from the same point; ALSO, to fish with a hook.
Groom: the guy marrying the bride; ALSO, taking care of one’s appearance.
Clip: to cut/shear; ALSO, to fasten together (a la paper clip).
Down: the direction opposite of “up;” ALSO, the feathers of a goose.
http://synonyms-antonyms.com/synonyms-list.html — Words that MEAN the same…
Here are some examples of synonyms taken from a Google search for your better understanding once again: piece = part, item; plot = drive, guide, maneuver; theme = base, root, stem; etc.
I hope this bit (crumb, morsel, iota) is useful. With creativity, you can express yourself in words by changing nouns into verbs and vice versa using synonyms. Try it! A Thesaurua is a useful tool(implement, pawn, utensil)!
A. K. Buckroth www.mydiabeticsoul.com