Which homonyms build and
Etymology, Etymology, and more Etymology
as well as grammar, usage, euphemism, slang, jargon, semantics (meaning), linguistics, neologism, idiom, word origin, syntax, dialect, lexicon (vocabulary), diction, pidgin, synonym, antonym, homonym, cant, argot, lingo, and redundancy.
The critically-acclaimed board game
consists of tough questions about the nuances of the English language.
raise and raze
It takes a village to raise a child - but
it takes a Cossack to raze a village.
Please note that these are draft questions for the board game MooT.
If you spot an error or disagree with anything I've said here,
please let me know and I'll fix it.
I think of myself as an amateur linguist - I would
like to have a PhD in Linguistics someday - so my husband asks me odd-ball
questions all the time about how language is used.
One day (some time before I subscribed to this
mailing list) he asked me if there were 2 words in the English language that
were phonetically the same (homophones) but were opposite in meaning.
Almost without thinking, I gave him
raze and raise (he was not familiar with the "obscure" raze).
I also pointed out that RAYS, though not an
opposite, also sounds like the other two. I am going to send him this page to
prove that I'm not the only one who thinks this stuff is cool. Thanks!
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