Words, without context, can often mislead us. What more in the case of homophones, words pronounced alike but very much different in meaning, origin and spelling.
Bruce Worden, a Science Illustrator, Comic Book Creator and self-confessed grammar nerd, embarked on a visual exploration of words that sound so much alike, people often get them wrong. Five years in the making, his blog-turned-book “Homophones, Weakly” is a collection of 300 sets of homophones. And now that is has been released for public consumption, people are thanking him for it. Who wouldn’t?
#1 Stand bare or run after the clothes-stealing bear.
#2 The peace we need is a piece of individual rights and liberties.
#3 The hole will never make it whole.
#4 Girls would rather exercise than stay in bed to exorcise.
#5 Beat the man red with beet.
#6 “Which apple is deadliest”, the witch ponders.
#7 Men, like flea, also flee at the sight of danger.
#8 A mindless brake can cause cars to break.
#9 Should a prophet profit from his flock?
#10 Don’t whine, instead sip wine.
#11 I’ll walk you down the aisle and whisk you to an isle.
#12 Thrown out from the throne.
#13 He ate eight apples in one sitting.
#14 The sail is on sale.
#15 Bullying can affect others’ self-esteem and in effect, drown them in misery.
#16 So bored during the board meeting.
#17 The band was banned from playing.
#18 Slay the deer and lose the sleigh.
#19 The Finnish delegate was first to finish.
#20 Pray lest you be prey to evil.
#21 Avoid Heroin, be an anti-drug heroine.
#22 The godly protects the altar but the evil will alter the truth.
#23 The tide will sweep your boat away, keep it tied to the dock.
#24 The knight guards the night.
#25 Your heel will heal in time.
#26 What mornings are like for a serial cereal-eater.
#27 Cold dessert under the hot desert sun.
#28 Grease has smudged on the flag of Greece.
#29 The hair of the hare is smeared with mud.
#30 Marry and be merry.
Homophones can get tricky even for native English speakers. Thanks to Bruce Worden’s simple but gripping imagery (as simple as flashcards for study drills), we are saved from misusing the homophones jumbled in our heads. Next time you get confused, analyze first the context of the word or phrase and visualize if you may. It is amazing how artworks can give the clarity we need in order to communicate and understand each other better.
Aside from Bruce Worden’s book about Homophones, he is also the author and illustrator of other mind-boggling literary pieces with topics varying from zombie outbreaks, a toad’s life and to a coming-of-age story during the World War II.
EU Mandates ‘Illegal Immigrant’ Pregnant Cow To Be Put Down
She is expected to give birth in three months.
While a pregnant cow finally got reunited to its owner after having been separated from the rest of the herd for two weeks, it won’t be long before they will be separated once more. This time, however, the separation will be for good as the government has mandated that the cow should be put down.
Penka, the cow owned by Ivan Haralampiev, is expected to give birth in three-months time, but she may no longer reach that as the European Union (EU) has ruled that she must die. The decision came after Penka left her herd and wandered outside the EU border until she reached Serbia.
Penka wandered away from her herd and crossed the border of EU until she reached Serbia.
Service Dog Gives Birth To Eight Puppies At Tampa Bay Airport While Waiting For Flight
Some passengers chose to miss their flight as they could not stop looking at the moving sight.
Passengers and employees of Tampa International Airport were recently treated to something that they don’t get to witness every day. With a service dog giving birth to puppies right at the airport before it could board the plane, some passengers even missed their flights as they could not take their eyes off the touching moment.
Eleanor "Ellie" Rigby is a two-year-old golden retriever that was supposed to accompany her owner, Diane Van Atter, in her trip to Philadelphia recently. While she and her owner were all set to board their plane, Ellie suddenly went into labor.
People at the airport just couldn't miss the touching moment.
Malian ‘Spider-Man’ Granted French Citizenship, Offered Job As A Fireman
Meanwhile, investigations later revealed that the boy’s father was out shopping and was playing “Pokemon GO” at the time of the incident.
While heroes require no reward for their act, they deserve gratitude. And what can be a better way to thank them by granting the desires of their hearts?
Mamoudou Gassama, the 22-year-old Malian man who gained instant fame in France after rescuing a child hanging from the fourth floor balcony, came to the said European country with hopes of building a life there. Little did he know that his heroic act would take him closer to that dream - especially since he only acted on his instinct.