Confessions of a Homophoniac

I’ve had issues during the coarse of my writing life with grammar when penning novels. I make mistakes SpellCheck doesn’t sea and my eyes don’t catch. You’d think a smart word-processing program like the one I have would aide me a bit better and pick out the homophones.

Homophones: I love the way the word roles off my tongue. Homophones are words witch sound alike, but have different spellings and meanings. Many a message bored is full of homophones.  People hurriedly write and mistakes are maid.

While homophoning on internet blogs is excusable, instants of the same thing in a book are not. In my case, I rack up the homophones because I write fast and on the fly. My retched grammar and that traitor SpellCheck are the causes of my homophonia.

So, I’ve had fun and now you can, too. Each sentence above contains one homophone (possible more, but unintentional). Can you spot them all?


Moving on with homophones. Some homophones have three or more words which sound alike, but with different meanings. I’ve written four sets. Can y’all find some more?

  • It doesn’t make sense to spend fifty cents on these icky scents.
  • At 4AM, I’ll be by the isle of toys in the middle of aisle four in Walmart.
  • The river was calm as Rob and Pete rowed alongside the dirt road on which Paul rode his bicycle.
  • I said bye to my friend and ran by the bakery to buy a make-my-butt- bigger cake.

*  Don’t forget to enter my 50-word contest (ends 12-28) at my 2W  blog entry or on my webpage.

J J Dare, author of Joe Daniel’s “False Positive” and “False World,” and numerous short stories



Filed under books, fun, Humor, writing

5 responses to “Confessions of a Homophoniac

  1. I didn’t “no” those critters were called homophones. It would be hard to make Spellcheck smart enough to catch them, and if an editor reads fast, he won’t either.
    Great examples!

  2. I, too, would like to put in my two cents on this matter.

  3. christinehusom

    Funny, but so true. It is a real challenge catching those creatures in my own writing, but are much easier in others’ writings. My ‘complements’ ‘too’ you ‘fore’ bringing this ‘two’ the ‘forfront’.

  4. christinehusom

    I didn’t mean to write “are much easier”–should be “is much easier”. Okay, my issue is not only with homophones!

  5. Lucy Balch

    I missed the contest, but I couldn’t help adding one to the mix:
    I peeked out the window to see my husband, whose energy had obviously peaked with miles to go. He was piqued that he hadn’t made his running goal for the day.
    My sister caught me out on the “peaked”/ “piqued” one, and I don’t think I’ll ever mess it up again!

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