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Welcome to the Greenwood.Net Curiosity Corner

Homophone quiz

Nov 14, 2019

Curiosity Corner
By
Dr. Jerry D. Wilson,
Emeritus Professor of Physics
Lander University

Hereís a quiz question with the answer below. Think of a nine-letter English word that remains a valid word as each of its letters is successively removed.

Answer: STARTLING.

Now letís remove the lettersÖ

Remove L, and it becomes STARTING. Remove a T, and it becomes STARING. Remove A, and it becomes STRING. Remove R, and it becomes STING. Remove T, and it becomes SING. Remove G, and it becomes SIN. Remove S, and it becomes IN. Remove N, and you are left with I.

How about that?

As Iíve often said, the English language is a tough one. Now letís have a quiz on homophones. Homophones are words that sound alike, whether or not they are spelled differently. The words pear (fruit), pare (cut off) and pair (two of a kind) are all homophones that are spelled differently; whereas bear (animal) and bear (carry or support) are homophones that both sound alike and are spelled alike.

Iíll make this one easy on you and give a list of homophones that sound alike, but are spelled differently. See if you know their meanings. However, Iím not going to give you the answers; everyone should have a dictionary.

1. Affect v. effect
2. Alter v. altar
3. Altogether v. all together
4. Bazaar v. bizarre
5. Capital v. capitol
6. Council v. counsel
7. Current v. currant
8. Dual v. duel
9. Ensure v. insure
10. Heroin v. heroine
11. Principal v. principle
12. Tact v. tack
13. Straight v. strait

So, how did you do?

C.P.S. (Curious Postscript): ďSolution to tax reform: 1. All Congress members will do their own tax return. 2. Congressional elections will be held the first Tuesday after April 15.Ē

Curious about something? Send your questions to Dr. Jerry D. Wilson, College of Science and Mathematics, Lander University, Greenwood, SC 29649, or email jerry@curiosity-corner.net. Selected questions will appear in the Curiosity Corner. For Curiosity Corner background, go to www.curiosity-corner.net.

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