The grammar police on Facebook are forever posting memes and updates checking our use of homonyms. Why? Well, the misuse of homonyms can change the entire meaning of a sentence. The misuse of homonyms can also confuse readers. Writers need to be aware of homonyms for presenting copy (text) that is readable and easily understood by readers. A few common offenses:
- to, too, two
- they’re, their, there
- sight, site, cite
- compliment, complement
There are three really good online resources to reference while writing.
As a bonus here are resources for homographs (words spelled the same with different meanings) and homophones (words spelled differently but sound the same).
Confession: We’re all guilty of misusing homonyms, homophones, and homographs. Autocorrect on our smartphones doesn’t make it any easier. Hopefully, these resources will make the process better for us.