SoCS — Homophonia

For today’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, Linda G. Hill has given us an exercise in homophonia. No, that’s not a typo. She didn’t ask us to write a stream of consciousness post about homophobia. She asked us to write a post using “for,” “fore,” and/or “four.” She said we could use one of them, all of them, or any of them. So I guess I’m done since I just used all three of them.

Just kidding!

“For,” “fore,” and “four” are homophones. That is, they are words that sound alike, but have different meanings, and have different spellings.

“For” is the 12th most commonly used word in the English language. It’s everywhere and has multiple uses. According to Dictionary.com, “for” has 32 different ways it can be used as a preposition and two additional ways it can be used as a conjunction. “For” is quite a handy dandy little word.

At the opposite end of word variations is “four,” which is simply and pretty much only used as a number, as in one, two, three, four.

And somewhere in between, in terms of meanings, is “fore.” It can mean the front of a boat, as in “fore and aft.” Or it can mean in, toward, or near the front. Or it can be what someone shouts right before you get knocked unconscious by getting hit in the head by a golf ball.3CFE79EF-E66C-4913-B56D-75BE6DA7C683A few other common examples of homophones are:

  • to/too/two
  • there/their/they’re
  • by/buy/bye
  • know/no
  • here/hear
  • ate/eight

Well, Okay, you get the idea.

Now I’m done.

17 thoughts on “SoCS — Homophonia

  1. Marleen June 29, 2019 / 8:16 am

    I wrote a post in regard to lead/led at someone’s site once when his topic had been homophones. He either didn’t read it (or didn’t understand it) or was very stubborn. Not long after, I saw him use the wrong spelling that is so common… more than once.

    By the way, in some parts of the country, someone could include “far” with “four” and “for” as a homophone because of the way they pronounce them. Not sure how they say “fore.”

    Interesting how many different uses of “for” there are!

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  2. Maggie June 30, 2019 / 8:29 am

    Or get hit with a golf club….that was my story this week. Great post.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Laura June 30, 2019 / 8:53 pm

    Homophones are won of my pet peeves. Nothing lights my fire like seeing how their used wrong all the time. 😉

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