Words That Sound Alike but Don't Mean the Same
A lesson learned from correct spelling: REIGN: to possess or exercise sovereign power or authority, to rule. REIN: the controlling or directing power: the straps used to guide a horse. I see these used incorrectly all the time. Maybe this will help: Because God REIGNS we can freely and gladly give Him the REINS to our lives.
I posted the above as a status on Facebook this morning—and I have received a lot of response.Reign and rein—and rain—are “homonyms” or “homophones”: a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air;
Facebook has revealed to me that there are many of these which confuse people. So as a public service I have compiled a list of some of the most commonly misused words. Enjoy.
Your—belonging to you
You’re—contraction of you are
Their—belonging to them
They’re—contraction of they are
Led—guided/past tense of lead
Capital—most important/financing/seat of government (city)
Council—group of leaders
Principal—chief/main/head of school
Principle—fundamental law or truth
Yolk—yellow part of an egg
Heir--person who inherits
I’ll--contraction of I will
Brake--stop, push the stop pedal
Holey--full of holes
Peak--highest point, mountain
Peek—glance, quick look
These are just a few of many.
What others can you think of? What about you? Which do you misuse? Is there a spiritual lesson to be learned?