|When I get a peek at a photo of a nearly naked|
hottie, it usually piques my interest. I may even
hum, "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," thinking of a very
different kind of peak. (Got dirty mind?)
Homonyms are those tricky words that sound the same, but are spelled differently. Some are fairly easy to avoid - those tiny pests ruining your picnic and getting into the Cocoa Krispies are most likely ants, not aunts. (Although I do like my picnics and Cocoa Krispies, and I am an aunt.)
Spell-check alone will not help you with homonyms. Spell-check is too easy when it comes to properly spelled words. Easy like taking your drunken, slutty aunt to pick out a prom dress. "That one's be-yoo-tiful. Yes, your ladybits are hanging out, so what? Oooh, I like that one, too. No, not too lowcut; everybody likes a little nipple. Let's score us mondo amounts of chocolate and scope out more mancandy for our Pinterest board."
Recently I read a (self-pubbed) book where, sadly, there was an indiscreet use of the word discretely, meaning individually, when the author meant discreetly, keeping it on the down low. Simple transposition, could be a totally forgivable typo, except that by using it in several places, it was clear the author and her editor did not
Especially if you are planning to
I will not say
|Here's a fine example of muscles in the sea.|
|These are mussels from the sea. See the difference?|
Here's hoping this post incited you to gain a deeper insight as to the horror of homonyms. And that you await my next post with bated (not baited, see above, fisherman, yuck!) breath.
Which homonyms drive you crazy when you "C" them?
P.S. - Coming on Monday - Karen Wojcnik Berner on Adventures in E-Publishing.