homographs

Yesterday’s Bizarro:

 

The technical-sounding terms homophone, homograph, and homonym are used in different ways by different people, but the cartoon illustrates one clear case where homograph is certainly useful: same spelling, different pronunciation (and different meaning, so clearly different lexical items). Here, the spelling BASS and the pronunciations /bæs/ (referring to a kind of fish) and /bes/ (referring in this case to a musical instrument, the bass guitar). Fishing for guitars.

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