Homographs

(avoidance of)

A B C Ć D E F G H I J L M N O P Q R S Ś T V W Y

(arch. = archaic; inf. = informal)

LESS FREQUENT (OR PAST TENSE) MORE FREQUENT

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A

abét (abet) abeit (abate)
aḅt (abbot) abt (about)

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B

béc (beck) bec (bake)
bêcn (bacon) becn (beckon)
bêl (bail) bel (bell)
bêli (bailey) beli (belly)
Bén (Ben) ben (bane)
bêt (bait) bet
bléd (bled) bled (blade)
blǒc (bloke) bloc (block)
blǒt (bloat) blot
bód (bod – inf.) bod (bode)
bǒgi (bogey) bogi (boggy)
ból (boll) bol (bowl)
bǒn (bone), Bón (Bonn) Bon (= Japanese festival)
bóst (bossed) bost (boast)
bót (bot) bot (boat)
brêd (braid), bréd (bred) bred (bread)
Brén (Bren) bren (brain)
brêst (braced) brest (breast)
bst (best) best (based)

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C

cécs (kecks – inf.) cecs (cakes)
céj (kedge) cej (cage)
Cén (Ken) cen (cane)
cêp (cape) cep (kep)
cêpt (caped) cept (kept)
Cév (Kev) cev (cave)
Clém (Clem) clem (claim)
clǒc (cloak) cloc (clock)
cǒbl (coble) cobl (cobble)
cǒc (coke) coc (cock)
cód (cod) cod (code)
cǒli (coaly) coli (collie)
cóma (comma) coma
cón (con) con (cone)
cóp (kop), cǒp (cope) cop (cop)
cǒst (coast) cost
cót (cot) cot (coat)
cǒx (coax) cox
crǒc (croak) croc (crock)

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Ć

Ćén (Chen) ćen (chain)
ćés (chess) ćes (chace)
ćóc (chock), ćőc (choc – inf.) ćoc (choke)

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D

dêl (dale) del (dell)
dêli (daily) Deli (Delhi), déli (deli)
Dên (Dane), dein (deign) den
dengi (dengue) dngi (dinghy)
det (date = day), dêt (date = type of fruit) dét (debt)
dôén (doyenne) dôyen (doyen)
dǒj (doge) doj (dodge)
dǒl (dole) dol (doll)
dós (doss) dos (dose)
dǒt (dote) dot (dot)
dréc (dreck – inf.) drec (drake)

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E

Êb (Abe) eb (ebb)
êć (aitch) (etch)
Éd (Ed) ed (aid)
êg (ague) eg (egg)
éj (edge) ej (age)
él (ell) el (ale)
êt (eight) et (ate)

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F

féc (feck – inf.) fec (fake)
féd (fed) fed (fade)
fél (fell) fel (fail)
fém (femme) fem (fame)
fên (feign) fen
fétl (fettle) fetl (fatal)
féz (fez) fêz (phase)
fézz (fezes) fezz (phases)
fld (felled) feld (failed)
flêc (flake) flec (fleck)
flém (phlegm) flem (flame)
fǒgi (fogey) fogi (fogi)
frêt (freight) fret

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G

Gêl (Gail) gel (gale)
glób (glob – inf.) glob (globe)
gǒd (goad) god
goli (goalie – inf.) góli (golly)
gǒś (gauche) goś (gosh)
gǒt (goat) got

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H

hêl (hail) hel (hell)
hét (het) het (hate)
hêvn (haven) hevn (heaven)
hóli (holly) holi (holy)
Hǒmz (Holmes) homz (homes)
hóp (hop) hop (hope)
hŭd (hood) hd (had – sf.)

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I

impêl (impale) impel

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J

jél (gell) jel (jail/gaol)
jén (gen – inf.) Jen (Jane)
Jóc (Jock) joc (joke)
jóci (jockey) joci (jokey)
Jǒn (Joan) Jon (John)

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L

léd (led) lêd (lade)
lêdn (laden) ledn (leaden)
lêmn (layman) lemn (lemon)
lês (lace) les (less)
lêst (laced) lest
lêt (late) let (let)
lêtr (later) letr (letter)
lǒli (lowly) loli (lolly)
lǒp (lope) lop

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M

meid (maid) med (med – inf.)
mél (mell) mel (male)
mên (mane) men
mês (mace) mes (mess)
mst (must) mest (messed)
mêt (mate) met
Mód (inf.) mod (mode)
mǒdl (modal) modl (model)
mól (moll) mol (mole)
món (mon = man – inf.) mon (moan)
mǒp (mope) mop

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N

nêl (nail), Nél (Nell) nel (knell)
nêtl (natal) netl (nettle)
nóbl (nobble – inf.) nobl (noble)
nǒd (node) nod
nǒdl (nodal) nodl (noddle)
nol (knoll) Nǒl (Noel)
nót (knot) not (note)

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O

Ócm (Ockam) Ocm (Oakham)
ǒd (ode) od (odd)
ǒdr (odour) odr (odder)
ǒf (oaf) of (off)
ǒn (own) on
ǒnr (owner) onr (honour)

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P

pél (pell) pel (pale)
pén (pen) pen (pain)
pépr (pepper) pepr (paper)
pêt (pate) pet
póć (potch) poć (poach)
pǒc (poke) poc (pock)
Pǒliś (Polish) poliś (polish)
pǒp (pope) pop
pŕl (purl) prl (pearl)
pst (pest) pest (paste)
pỳpl (pupal) pypl (pupil)

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Q

qêl (quail) qel (quell)

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R

rêc (rake) rec (wreck)
rêd (raid) red
Réj (Reg) rej (rage)
rén (wren) ren (rain)
rênd (rained) rend
rép (rep) rep (rape)
rêst (raced) rest
rét (ret) ret (rate)
rév (rev), Rév (Rev.) rev (rave)
rītel (retell) rīteil (retail)
ŕn (urn) rn (earn)
ŕnd (earned) rnd (round), rend
rǒb (robe) rob
ród (rod) rod (road)
Rǒn (Rhone) Ron
róstr (roster) rostr (roaster)
rǒt (rote) rot

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S

scél (skell) scel (scale)
séc (sec) sec (sake)
séj (sedge) sej (sage)
sêl (sail) sel (sell)
sêt (sate) set
sévr (sever) sevr (saver)
slǒp (slope) slop
smóc (smock) smoc (smoke)
sǒc (soak) soc (sock)
sóp (sop) soap (sop)
sǒpi (soppy – inf.) sopi (soapy )
spêc (spake) spec (speck)
spêśl (spatial) speśl (special)
Spóc (Spock) spoc (spoke – in a wheel)
stêd (staid) sted (stead)
Stén (Sten) sten (stain)
stét (stet) stet (state)
stǒc (stoke) stoc (stock)
stǒp (stope) stop

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Ś

śêd (shade) śed (shed)
śêl (shale) śel (shell)
Śém (Shem) śem (shade)

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T

téc (tech) tec (take)
têl (tale) tel (tell)
telr (teller) teilr (tailer)
tnt (tent) tent (taint)
tǒc (toque) toc (tock)
tǒd (toad) todinf.
tǒm (tome) Tom
tǒp (tope – arch.) top
tóst (tossed) tost (toast)
tǒt (tote = inf.) tot
tótl (tottle) totl (total)
tréd (tread) tred (trade)
trênd (trained) trend
trés (tress) tres (trace)

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V

Vén (Venn) ven (vain)

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W

wêd (wade) wed
wéj (wedge) wej (wage)
Welz (Wales) wlz (wells)
Wên (Wayne) wen
wêt (wait) wet
wǒd (woad) wod (wad)
wǒfl (woeful) wofl (waffle)

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X

xṭnt (extant) xtnt (extent)

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Y

Yêl (Yale) yel (yell)

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