Mincing words is one aspect of the English language used all over the words. This irrespective either which English language speaking country we are from or those that use it as a second language. For the latter and new comers to the language this is ought to be taxing to the mind. For the former, who do do so, hardly have a second thought that they do do so, in most of their pattern of speech.
Homonyms and Homophones
Seems like both of them homonyms and homophones rhyme with stereo phones and in sense they like in some way. Both of them have got something to do with sound of the words that bring their similarity but different in usage.
Getting to each of them to understand how each of them are similar and how each of them are difference is the mighty goal of mincing words and then and then alone goes the chopping and mixing to make the mince of words.
Words and words alone and the leniency of how they are used has made the English language a universal language to be reckoned with. No other language has got such global acceptance as this language. The reason for this is that, you at most time can turn and twists words this way and that way, and yet communicate to the next person.
What exactly are homophones? Uses of the language have an inborn way of using them without knowing that they have used them. They are a set of many hundred words where two or three sound the same and at the same time have different usages and meanings and grammatical context. It is only on the virtues of sounding the same that makes them a homophone.
Let us take a sentence with a set of homophones in them to bring out how words were minced in the sentence for a better understanding.
- King Albert only reigns in Spain when it rains in his courtyards.
- He bows to the bough of the tree in remembrance of his mother who had planted it before she kicked the bucket.
In both the sentences the bolded words sound the same but have different means and usages. When spoken can cause a bit of confusion. Well that is what a homophone is in the Language of English, simply for mincing words without you knowing that you have just minced a sentence.
Now what are homonyms? They are nothing else but a word using the same meaning and pronounced exactly the same but mean different in the place and context under which they are used. They are a real mince up to words in the English Language and can really confute the mind if you don’t understand the two different ways in which it is used. Taking the example below will only amplify the context of what homonyms, really are.
- The dog loves to bark at the bark when it sees a lizard on it.
- Mind your own business for whatever you have on you mind.
In the first sentence, I have used bark twice and mind in the second. In each of the places they mean something totally different only to used the same spelling and pronunciation.
Just to put things in the proper context, the sound of a dog is bark and the outer shell of a tree is also bark. It is left for your now to guess which is which.
Making a long story short, there are other ways in which you can go about mincing words and make your writing more powerful whether written or spoken, just look out for the topics when I have the time and mind to go about chopping and mixing words.
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