Homophones and Homographs

An American Dictionary, 4th ed.

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About the Book

This expanded fourth edition defines and cross-references 9,040 homophones and 2,133 homographs (up from 7,870 and 1,554 in the 3rd ed.).
As the most comprehensive compilation of American homophones (words that sound alike) and homographs (look-alikes), this latest edition serves well where even the most modern spell-checkers and word processors fail—although rain, reign, and rein may be spelled correctly, the context in which these words may appropriately be used is not obvious to a computer.

About the Author(s)

The late James B. Hobbs was professor emeritus at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic Details

Compiled by James B. Hobbs
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 376
Bibliographic Info: appendix, bibliography
Copyright Date: 2019 [2006]
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7823-8
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

Overview of Homophones and Homographs      3

Definitions      3

The “Conflict of Homophones” Controversy      5

Criteria for Including and Excluding Words      6

Notational Devices and Phonetic Symbols      8

Organization of the Dictionary      9

Some Final Thoughts      11

Homophones      13

Homographs      293

Appendix: Unusual Groupings      351

Homophones      351

Five or More One-Syllable Words      352

Four or More Two-Syllable Words      352

Three or More Three-Syllable Words      352

All Four-, Five-, and Six-Syllable Words      353

Homographs (three or more words)      354

Homophones and Homographs (all words)      355

Annotated Bibliography      359

Book Reviews & Awards

“A serious work of exemplary scholarship that stands alone in the field…recommended”—Booklist; “comprehensive, authoritative, and useful sourcebook”—ARBA; “valuable resource…the annotated bibliography is more than seven excellent pages in length…useful”—Library Journal; “a fascinating compendium of potential misunderstandings…a gold mine for students of English and for writers, journalists, and instructors…recommended”—Choice; “the best roster of these phenoma”—Wilson Library Bulletin; “a good choice for any library”—Reference Quarterly; “a good sourcebook”—C&RL News; “the interesting annotated bibliography is a useful, critical guide to a very wide range of relevant dictionaries and commentaries…essential”—Reference Reviews.