Communications 2000

Assignment #4 - Homonyms/Homophones
Friday, October 22, 1999

hom·o·nym ('hä-m&-"nim, 'hO-) n. 1. One of two or more words that have the same sound and often the same spelling but differ in meaning.

hom·o·phone ('hä-m&-"fOn, 'hO-) n. 1. One of two or more words, such as night and knight, that are pronounced the same but differ in meaning, origin, and sometimes spelling.

The American Heritage Dictionary, Third Edition

The following table contains a list of words with homonyms that differ in spelling and meaning, but are identical in pronunciation. Circle the number of the one you are assigned.

  1. buy
  1. cent
  1. air
  1. dew
  1. earn
  1. flew
  1. for
  1. knead
  1. meat
  1. nay
  1. peak
  1. rain
  1. aye
  1. sew
  1. their
  1. to
  1. soar
  1. yore
  1. threw
  1. stake
  1. stationary

General Instructions

Use a web browser to go to the web site at Scroll down the page that appears until you find the word whose number you circled above. Use the words on the line you’ll find to complete the steps below. Prepare parts 1 and 2 on separate sheets of paper, each headed with your name, the class name, the due date and the assignment number. Proofread your work for legibility, conciseness, spelling, punctuation, capitalization and completeness. I will return Part 1 to you on Tuesday, October 26. Use it to improve your work in Part 2.

Specific Instructions

Part 1 – Due Monday, October 25, 1999

    1. Write out the name of the dictionary you are using.
    2. Write out the word whose number you circled. Include the pronunciation you found with its definition.
    3. Write out what you believe to be its most common sense (meaning). Include its number.
    4. Use the word, in the sense above, in a concise properly written sentence.
    5. What part of speech does your word play in the sentence you wrote?

Part 2 – Due Wednesday, October 27, 1999

The instructions for Part 2 are the same as those for Part 1 except that you are to use one of the other homonyms you found when you complete the required work.

Example - Part 1

  1. Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition
  2. write ('rIt)
  3. 1b : to form (as words) by inscribing the characters or symbols of on a surface
  4. I wanted to write so much that I could barely contain myself.
  5. verb