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Homophones and Oronyms

Updated on October 1, 2013

The Homophone

Does this happen to you? When you discover an unfamiliar word, do you form a mental picture about its meaning? Recently, I read the word, homophone, which was brand new to me but the image I thought of was far from accurate.

Now the word, homonym, is familiar to me. Homonyms are words that sound alike and are spelled alike but have different meanings. An example would be the word, lie, as in: If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.” - Benjamin Franklin. Or, “I cannot tell a lie …” - George Washington.

But homophone? That’s a new one. Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings and are spelled differently. As I learned about homophones, I realized their commonly used by some writers who may not realize they’re mistake when choosing there words. You know what I’m sayin’?

Another homophone that is too often used incorrectly is the substitution of it’s when the correct term is its. If you remember that it’s is a contraction of it is, you will have no difficulty writing correctly “the bird spread its wings, not it’s wings.”

I don’t no about yew, but it drives me sew crazy wen I read misspelled homophones. Buy the weigh, hear is a tip: misspelled is won of the too words that is most often misspelled. Do you no what the other word is? It is separate.

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The Oronym

After discovering homophones – words that sound alike with different spellings and meanings – I rediscovered the oronym. This term was created by the writer, Gyles Brandreth, in The Joy of Lex. (1980)

Oronyms are words or phrases in a sequence that sound the same as or similar to a different sequence of words or phrases. The words, ice cream, for example, sound the same as I scream.

Here’s a true story that illustrates how costly oronyms may become. A few years ago at a Hooters bar in Panama City, Florida, a waitress won a contest by selling the most beer.

But trouble began to brew over the prize she had been promised. She was led to the parking lot for what she thought would be a brand new Toyota.

She wound up with a genuine Star Wars doll – a toy Yoda. She sued. Result: her attorney said … “she can now go to a local car dealership and pick out whatever type of Toyota she wants.”

Howard L. Chace, the author of Anguish Languish, was a professor who taught French and other romance languages at Miami University (Ohio). In the 1950s, Arthur Godfrey narrated the story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut on his radio program.

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pore Hungary dark

Have you ever read the book, Anguish Languish, by Howard L. Chace? The entire book is written in oronyms which the brilliant author labeled as anguish languish (English language).

If you have difficulty deciphering the oronyms, say the words out loud. Here are my two favorites.


The revered poem: Oiled Murder Harbored (Old Mother Hubbard)

Oiled Murder Harbored
Wen tutor cardboard
Toe garter pore darker born.
Wenchy gut dare
Door cardboard worse bar
An soda pore dark hat known.

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut
Ladle Rat Rotten Hut

Ladle Rat Rotten Hut

And the famous fairy tale, Ladle Rat Rotten Hut (Little Red Riding Hood)

"Wants pawn term dare worsted ladle gull hoe lift wetter murder inner ladle cordage honor itch offer lodge, dock, florist. Disk ladle gull orphan worry putty ladle rat cluck wetter ladle rat hut, an fur disk raisin pimple colder Ladle Rat Rotten Hut."

Because of Hubpages concern with duplicated work, I cannot include the hole tail, so please meander over to TriviaAndMore.blogspot.com for the entire oronymic story of Ladle Rat Rotten Hut. Thank you.

Was it difficult for you to decipher the Anguish Languish?

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The tale by Chace ends with these words:

"Daze worry on-forger-nut ladle gull's lest warts. Oil offer sodden, caking offer carvers an sprinkling otter bet, disk hoard-hoarded woof lipped own pore Ladle Rat Rotten Hut an garbled erupt.

"Daresay Mural: Yonder nor sorghum stenches shut ladle gulls stopper torque wet strainers."

Source: Chace, Howard L. (1956) Anguish Languish. Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Prentice-Hall, Inc.

Little Red Riding Hood

For those who are anguish languish-challenged:

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived with her mother in a little cottage on the edge of a large, dark forest. This little girl often wore a pretty little red cloak with her little red hood, and for this reason people called her Little Red Riding Hood.

As mentioned above, since Hubpages abhors duplication, I cannot include the hole gin you wine ferry tail, so please meander over to TriviaAndMore.blogspot.com for the entire non-oronymic Red Riding Hood story. Thank you.

The moral of the story, whether written in oronyms or not, is little girls (or boys) should not stop to talk with strangers.

Sew, deed yew enjoin disc furry tell?

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2013. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Learn to write a dynamic resume and cover letter, network effectively, interview confidently, and negotiate salary.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Dolores. I'm great, m'dear, how about yourself? Homophones are usually easier to decipher than oronyms. Sorry they had you confused but delighted you were laughing. :)

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Bronterae. Actually, I included three homophone mistakes in the third paragraph inserting their, they're and there in the wrong context. Thanks for finding and mentioning them.

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      Dolores Monet 3 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Hi drbj - how the heck are you? I enjoy reading about English and all its rules as well as the trickier parts of our language. I get the homophone bit but the oronyms really had me confused and laughing.

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      Bronterae 3 years ago from Nor Cal

      I found a homophone mistake and couldn't keep reading til I commented! Can you find it? Or is this a trick?

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Eric, so nice to met you and thanks for the nice comments. Writing in oronyms does take time and they are another version of the Anguish Languish.

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      Eric Calderwood 3 years ago from USA

      Wow! It must take quite some time to write in oronyms. It almost looks like another language. Great hub.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      I knew, John, that with your superior mental intellect and perspicacious wit you would have no trouble at all translating anguish languish. Thanks you for stopping by and the natural Up.

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      John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Some of the oronyms were a bit iffy, drbj - but having a superior mental intellect I managed to translate them. I'm going to apply for a job in South Africa next. Nice one, young lass. Voted up, naturally.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      So nice to meet you, mythbuster. I'm certain you will 'get it.' If you have any difficulty go to the following link where below the Anguish Languish version, you will find the story in readable English. Promise. http://TriviaAndMore.blogspot.com

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Delete a comment of yours, Maggie? Never! Thank you for the funny English pronunciation poem - great stuff. I read it years ago but had forgotten. Thanks for the reminder and thank your clever daughter, too.

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      mythbuster 4 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      HAH! Fun hub! I don't understand some of it and have been reading aloud to decipher some of the lingo. Fun stuff, thanks for sharing. I hope I "get it" reading in the next pass of text I read aloud on.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      I gave my daughter a link to this Hub, and she sent me back a poem about pronunciation it is a bit long but if you haven't seen it, I think that you will love it here is the link http://goo.gl/lc229 you can delete this comment once you have the link :D

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Maggie, it's interesting that you found 'Emma Chizzit' (how much is it?) easier to decipher than 'Daze worry on-forger-nut ladle gull's lest warts' (those were the unfortunate little girl's last words.') Perhaps it is time spent in the U.K. Hmmmmm?

      My apologies for the struggle - it happened to me, too, the first time but got easier as I began to understand the sounds of 'anguish languish.' I do appreciate your visit and your kind words and look forward to your promise of visiting more of my hubs. Your sense of humor would probably appreciate my Interviews with Dead Celebrities and/or Weird Animals. Thank you for the Up and the button-pushing.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      What a coincidence, jrocco, I always read everything you write when it's a comment as gracious as that. You are soooooo perceptive! :) Thank you for the visit and heads up two yew to.

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      maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

      What a fabulous Hub, I have enjoyed reading this so much, but it made my little brain struggle. My mind was struggling more than a little, as I tried to make sense Ladle Rat Rotten Hut. Though I had no trouble with Twilight Lawns Emma Chizzit :D

      I'm one of those who clicked on the poll option

      I was stumped by "Daze worry on-forger-nut ladle gull's lest warts."

      I will be voting up as I leave and hitting all the relevant buttons on my way out, an excellent hub all round I learned a lot and laughed a lot, I shall be visiting you again soon :D

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      Jrocco 4 years ago

      You never stop amazing me of your talent and creativity for writing these hubs. I always enjoy reading everything you write.

      Thank you and heads up too you.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      How nice to find you here, Patricia. Yes, 'Anguish Languish' has been around for awhile ... like me, so it's nice to find someone who shares my approbation of Chace's wit. The smile is on me, m'dear. Enjoy!

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      Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

      Love this I even think I shared the book Anguish Lanqush a long time ago that includes many of the tales you posted. What fun they are.

      thank you for sharing.

      I always find a smile when I visit.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Wayne - I'll catch up with your writings soon. Miss you, pardner.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      You can catch my political opinion weekly at carolspieceofmind.com. I also have a site waynebrown.us where I post some of my writing and poetry. Thanks Doc!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I have been around, Wayne, long enough to see a number of presidents come and go, and most of them had the good sense to communicate, not dictate. To lead ... not golf.

      Sorry 'bout your aching teeth - I know just what you mean. Thanks for the visit; it's nice to see you around. Where are you writing these days? Just wonderin'.

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      Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

      Hmmmm.....There for a minute I thought you were going to say that the "homophone" was a government expansion of the now famous "Obamaphone". Buy the weigh, if you don't know what an "obamaphone" is, let me enlighten you. They are words displayed on teleprompters that in no way, shape, or form have any real meaning as to how they are used. In recent years, you might remember these as "lies". Apparently, the label was not complex enough for some educators but the new name really serves to hide the stark reality of the outcome associated with those words and phrases. Good article...I enjoyed most of it but trying to say those oronyms makes my teeth hurt. ~WB

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      That's so clever, Peg, I am willing to let you have the last word. Thank you, m'luv.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You are a practicing humorist as well. Oh my.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Peg, for the gracious comments and the congrats. Just hope I can maintain the enormous mantle of 'funniest hubber.' Y'know of course I can - just practicing humility! :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, DDE, I appreciate your noticing. And your gracious comment ...

      '(my) hubs are so well put together!' Would that my wardrobe was, too. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the congrats, Ian, and the return visit. I am honored to know and be followed by you. Philosophically speaking, that is. Grand company is the only company to mix in. Must admit I was surprised to win not just one but two Hubbie awards. Disappointed though that they are not accompanied by cold cash. Ah well, such is Strife ... I mean Life!

      With reference to your former position as pole dancer, sorry I missed your performance. What a scintillating, descriptive hub that 'wood bee!'

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Rosemary. Thanks for the congrats, m'dear. And for your wish for laughter for another year to come. I'll drink to that! Hope all is well in your corner of the world. Here in the U.S. the Showdown for the Shutdown is still Unknown. Politics as usual.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      You are indeed the funniest hubber and well deserving of the FHA. Congratulations to you Drbj!

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Congratulations on winning the Funniest Hubber Award, your hubs are so well put together!

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Congratulations, drbj. I just read the above, by Rosemay50

      I am proud to know you. proud to follow you.

      My goodness, I mix in Grand company.

      You and Nellieanna. both winning best Hubbers.

      I think I'm going to give up writing and go back to my Pole Dancing job. I may not have been that good at it, but at least it gave me some exercise and I got out and met some nice people.

      Bet her van bean B 4 are quay bored, tri N 2 right sum pones an store Es.

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Congratulations on winning the funniest hubber award. of course who else would it be but our own Doc BJ. Well done and here's to laughter for another year to come.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Eddy, for your visit and your kind comments as well as the Up for sure. Hope your weekend was pleasant.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      @Jodah and @Ian - Isn't it remarkable how much one can learn from one's commenters about other interesting subjects (Dame Edna and strine). I am indebted to you both.

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A wonderfully clever hub and thank you for sharing.

      Voted up for sure.

      Eddy.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Twilight Lawns, I'm sure you are right, I was only born in 1957, but I thought it was her first appearance on the big screen in that movie. I know her creator Barry Humphreys is quite a bit older than that so I'm sure she was around before then as you say.

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Earlier than that, Jodah. I was laughing about Edna, Moonee Ponds and Gladiolas way before 1960. And that was in Perth, W.A.

      I believe she was "born" in Melbourne in 1956... Well that was long before she became a Dame of the British Empire and was simple little Mrs Edna Everage, suburban housewife.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Jodah. Will do.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      The Adventures of Barry McKenzie came out about 1970 I think and was also Dame Edna's introduction to the world. It introduced Aussie males as beer swilling uncouth 'yobbos' (there's a nice example of strine) Andrade quite a cult following. Should be easily found via a Google search drbj.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for concurring re the word, 'antipodean.' Jodah, it is such a lovely professorial word. I'll have to search for that film you mentioned since I am a film buff as well as Dame Edna fan. And I've adopted 'fortnight.' :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Audrey. Cool and entertaining are my additional missions, y'know. Thanks, m'dear, for loving it.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you for loving this, Randi, and your more than gracious comments - all absolutely true, of course. Education accompanied by amusement is my mission, m'dear. And thank you for the Up and the sharing.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      My most sincere thanks, Ian, and a large Mwah backatcha.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      "Antipodean" not a word you hear everyday, and in fact I have only heard to we Aussies referred to as such on a handful of occasions since the movie "The Adventures of Barry McKenzie" starring Barry Crocker and also featuring Dame Edna Everage, many moons ago. As for 'fortnight', yes we use that word all the time so I guess it's a part of our British heritage.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Well this was certainly cool--and entertaining! Love it!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Love it! You are so clever and interesting! Thank you for ever educating and amusing us! UP+ and Shared!

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      My pleasure (cos I meant them)

      Mwah!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      'Antipodean,' dear Ian? Thanks for the deja vu since I have not seen that word in eons, trust me. I knew we had a lot in common since I am a Dame Edna fan, too. Thank you for the complimentary comments in your response to Jodah- all true of course.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Jodah. Thanks for finding this; I'll check out your hubs within a fortnight. (Don't know if that is Strine as well as British). Happy to know you will be watching your its and it's from now on. 'Ladle Rat Rotten Hut' does take a little deciphering but then it becomes hilarious.

      Thank you for the gracious adjectives. Re the 'Emma Chizzit' remark: 'Eye hop east nut two expansive all sew.'

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Ian. If one speaks 'Strine' ('Australian' for those who may not have heard the term before), then one of the funniest books by A. A. Morrison is 'Nose Tone Unturned.' Thanks for reminding me, m'dear.

      I love this particular definition from his 'Let Stalk Strine:"

      'Gunga Din' means 'I'm locked out.' As in: 'I gunga din, the door slokt.'

      'Hancher gotcher key?' ...

      If one understands Strine, then 'Emma Chizzit' is immediately recognizable as 'How much is it?' in reference to the writer's book. That IS funny! :)

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Jodah, I am proud of my Australian background (or at least education) and if you look at one or two of the things that I have written, you will realise that my sense of humour is definitely antipodean.

      I'm sure there is a touch of Dame Edna Everage in the way I look at a lot of things.

      So glad you have found drbj. She is a wonderful writer and a true help and support for those she appreciates.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful hub, funny and informative. I'll try to watch my its and it's in future. I had trouble with'Ladle Rut Rat Rotten Hut' myself until I read your translation, then it was obvious. I should have taken more notice of the image and t would have clicked this was Little Red Riding Hood.

      My excuse, I'm Australian....so I understood "Emma Chizzit" immediately. "Hop Eats Nut Two Deer".

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      There is a well known Oronym which prompted the writing of 'Let Stalk Strine' by "Afferbeck Lauder" which was the pseudonym used by Alastair Ardoch Morrison.

      drbj, if you have not come across it before, I strongly suggest that you seek it out now.

      The well known Oronym referred to above was thus arrived at:

      A lady (Australian lady, as it happens) approached an author at a book signing. When the author asked her name so that he could inscribe it in the front page of his book, he wrote what he thought she had replied, viz Emma Chizzit.

      Does this make me laugh because I was brought up in Australia, or is it universally funny?

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Me, too, TimeTraveller, the Anguish language has always fascinated me. Thanks for loving this - you ARE perceptive, y'know.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Nice to meet you, Sharkye. What a coincidence that you used homophones and oronyms in your 'secret' journals years ago. They ARE challenging to decipher. Thanks for the visit and the Up.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Oronyms lack a publicist, Liz, which is why so few folks, even English Majors, are aware of their appellation.

      Isn't it surprising that so many educated people constantly misuse homophones and oronyms? Though it's often very funny to read them. When you visit that deparkment star, sea weather pennythings on sail fur mee, two. Thanks for your gracious visit, my dear. I mean, May deer.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Me, too, Victoria. I love learning new stuff. Thanks for loving this hub and having a hoot reading Ladle Rat Rotten Hut. As an English teacher, I am certain you have discovered more than a few homophones and oronyms in the various writings of your students. Loved your comments, m'dear

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You are so right, Nell. Anguish languish does remind me of Chaucer's tales that I found so difficult to translate years ago - and still do. Thanks for the gracious comments and the sharing, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks, Mary, for having fun while reading and learning. And I don't for a minute believe that you can't be clever because it is late. You're just too tired to realize it. Right? Thanks for the votes and the Up, m'luv.

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      Sondra Rochelle 4 years ago from USA

      Loved this one. I always enjoy learning about word usage.

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      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      Love this so much! Even if it was a reminder that I need to always check my "its and it's"--I guess everyone has something that throws them off occasionally.

      I had completely forgotten the name of oronyms, but when I was a kid, I used to write my journals like that as a "secret code". I read about them in a textbook my mother had and thought they were fun and challenging. Now I will have to think more on them! Thanks for the fun hub! Voting up!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well done! English Major though I was in school, I've never heard of an oronym, either.

      I have written plenty of pet peeves, however, about the misuse of homophones! The "their/there/they're" trio is one of the most common offenders I see, as well as folks who don't know the difference between heal and heel.

      Maybe I should het on dune to the deparkment star to see if pennything's on sail. ;)

      Voted up, useful, interesting and funny.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm an English teacher and language guru and have never heard of oronym. I love learning new stuff. It was a hoot reading those things aloud! Loved, loved this hub! Many votes!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      It sounds like ye olde English speaketh! lol! fascinating, and I had never heard of it before! funny stuff, voted up and shared! nell

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      What fun to read and learn. It is frustrating when you know what's write and see it wrong ;)

      It's late so I can't be clever. I'll just say I voted up, funny, and very interesting.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Yew air sew cleaver, Ian. Butt ash Mae West won thyme spokes: "Too much of a good thing . . . is wonderful!"

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      drbj (How could I bugger around with those four letters?)

      F yew add nut dun ate thirst eye mite f maiden at temp two due won f May ferry Ohn.

      Butt yew cot dare bee fore eye start Ted.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Teachers like you, Dianna, are to be commended for rising to the challenge of helping their students understand puzzling homophones (and oronyms) when teaching English composition. I salute you.

      Thank you for your most gracious comments, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I'm not surprised, Thelma, that oronyms were new to you since the term is relatively obscure - invented in 1980. Thanks for finding this both funny, educational and enjoyable. What more could I ask?

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Aha, Faith, eye sea yew no sew mulch ab boot oronymic riding. Thank you for the charming and gracious comments, m'dear, and the Up and the sharing. My pleasure, m'luv.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      By George, Ian, Eye dew tink yore oronymic skulls bare recondition!

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Homophones are puzzling and having to teach them in English Composition is challenging yet fun. You have taught me much in this post, Dr BJ. Very interesting, funny and useful.

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      I have not heard of Oronyms before. Thanks for explaining. This is a funny educational hub and I enjoyed reading it.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Fun knee N deed Ma deer right er laid dee fur end!

      Looks from the comments here, the to and too should be addressed too! : )

      New one, the oronym ... brilliant!

      Up and more and sharing

      Thanks for the smiles this day,

      Faith Reaper

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Char mend, May deer lay D.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You made a very valid point, Ian, about Spell Check and its inability to differentiate various homophones. Oronyms are a type of homophone and I remember reading Sheridan's, 'The Rivals,' with Mrs. Malaprop's funny substitutions. Like ... 'forget him; illiterate him from your memory.'

      I, too, enjoy playing with words and am delighted to provide you with a new way to label the oronyms you discover with your smartphone. I have that Dictation app, too, but find the app, Pages, more to my liking. Though it's best to use it on an iPad with its larger screen.

      Tile next wee mete, tanks fur yore kine commons. ;)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Alicia, for loving my entertaining, educational oronym dissertation. If you hop over to the blog at Trivia and More, you can read the entire anguish languish story of ladle rat rotten hut.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, Rosemary. So you accused someone of watching pawn movies? Well, in a way, I guess we could label some of those participants as porn pawns. But I do feel your pain.

      Delighted you enjoyed my story telling about oronyms. Hop yore bran's butter, two. Thanks not only for the visit but the button-pushing, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      You are so clever, Genna. Yore commons war grate! Delighted you enjoyed the true toy yoda story - it was a very expensive oronym for Hooters' parent organization.

      Thank you for learning and enjoying and voting up and sharing. You are the beast. I mean, best! ;)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Hi, CM - tanks fur stopper bye. I knew you would love Mother Hubbard - that adaptation is one of my favorites.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I'm not surprised, Pamela, that you have encountered homophones often, too. I find that translating oronyms is fabulous exercise for my brain cells - the ones that remain, that is.

      Delighted that you found this fun and interesting and thanks for the 'cross the board' votes, m'dear.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I do apologize, dear Ruby, for any unhappiness you endured before my homophone/oronym explanation. To help unravel the confusion that its and it's may provide, keep the following in mind. Its is a possessive pronoun ascribed to an animal or inanimate object - instead of his or hers. And it's is always the short form of it is.

      Thanks for the visit, m'luv.

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Et tu, Jim. App eulogy two yew, to. Surrey, fiend. (You know I mean 'friend!')

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Eric, for the up vote 'cross the bored.' Your are oronym-talented, too. So sorry about the headache - take two aspirin butt donut call me in the morning.

      Thanks for the lovely original comment - 'a great peace of righting.' What more could I ask?

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      High, Martie. Yew dew no hoo two right suite commons - jest lake Maria. Sew glade yew enjoined disc ferry toil.

      And thanks for the brilliants, m'luv. As well as 'da works.'

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      High, Maria. Yew suite ting, eye bee leave yew two bee 'doling,' two! Tanks fur yore suite commons!

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      I can well imagine the numerous homophones you may have encountered, Bill, while teaching. And yes, you are correct, I have seen them crop up on Hubpages as well as other writing sites.

      Oronyms, too, seem to be popular with many writers - particularly the combos of' their, there and they're' as well as 'its/it's.' Thanks for finding my explanations hilarious - that makes it all worthwhile! I do appreciate your completely commendable comments. Truly!

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      Twilight Lawns 4 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Homophones I am well and truly familiar with. And I am sure that many hubbers are also, because I have seldom seen, collected in one place, so many examples of people who think they can write, but rely to heavily on the Spell Check facility of their computers, not realising that these machines often to not have the understanding of the English language enough to tell when a homophone is being incorrectly used or not.

      Ah Mrs Malaprop, what sins were (and are) performed under your banner.

      But oronyms? I have not heard of such until this very day. Giles Brandreth, yes, but his little invention, only just now.

      I am fascinated drbj and thank you for putting me on a new path. I love the idea of playing with words, and here comes a new plaything.

      I have recently been made familiar with a device that is as efficient as any human being in creating Oronyms. It is my Smart phone. Being a texter who loves sending longwinded and insane texts to my poor, long suffering friends, I employ the Speech Dictation method, and sometimes I am amazed at how my phone hears something that I have said and converts it into... what I would have called gobbledegook up till now, but can now honestly and proudly call ORONYMS (Says he with pride.

      Get a Smartphone and dictate into it and I can assure you that you will be kept laughing for hours.

      Thank you, drbj.

      Ian

      (Hmmm! MAYBE I OUGHT TO GET OUT MORE)

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the way that you combine entertainment with education, drbj! This is a very interesting hub that I'll read several times. Deciphering the words is a great mental workout for me!

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      I see those homophone errors everywhere and done the same thing myself when rushing or not concentrating. I once accused someone of watching 'pawn' movies... hmmmm checkmate. It's hard to berate someone when they are laughing at you,

      Oronyms is a new one to me and your story telling is fun and very creative but you gave our brains such a hard workout today.

      Hitting all the buttons here

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Homophones…I had a grate thyme reeding about words that sound alike butt are knot spelled the same. Ice sea sew much humor in yore section about Oronyms, two (as swell). :-)

      Seriously, this is filled with interesting information and fun creativity. The story about the “toy yoda” was a hoot. You always make learning such an enjoyable experience. Voted up, across the board, and shared. :-)

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      CMHypno 4 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

      Very amusing and very clever drbj. Mother Hubbard will never be the same again!

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Those oronyms are quite tricky and new to me. As for the homophones, I see those errors quite often. You always have a bit of humor in a hub and I usually learn something new. This was very interesting and fun. Voted up and across the board.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I was so lost at one point i began to cry. then i remembered your brilliance and knew you would somehow explain, and you did. I now feel that i have been educated concerning homophones. The word it's is a mess up for me. Thank you Dear one...

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      The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Oh boy! My head is aching after that one.

      The Frog

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I voted up a cross the bored. But I must admit I kind of got a headache trying to decipher.

      Just a grate peace of righting. Thank you.

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      Martie Coetser 4 years ago from South Africa

      Eeeww, eye certain lee en joyed disc furry tell :))

      Brilliant!

      And your blog as well - brilliant!

      Shared. Pinned. Pimped. Da works.... :)

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Yew sew doling, drbj...!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good morning my funny friend!

      I can tell you that from a teacher's standpoint, homophones are the scourge of a teacher's life. We spend more time correcting mistakes due to homophones than any other mistake in writing....and of course, I see it daily in hubs on HubPages.

      As for oronyms, you got me there...I had never heard of it...and now, because of your hilarious explanation, I will never forget them.

      It's too bad you don't write more often. I could use a rib-shattering belly laugh daily.

      Have a great weekend and yes, this was very well done!

      bill