54 Clever Illustrations of Words That Sound The Same But Have Different Meanings.

I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of homophones before. They’re those words that are pronounced the same way but have different meanings and spellings, and this is why they confuse a lot of people. But homophones can be fun sometimes and because of them, we have jokes like this: What happens when a frog’s car breaks down? It gets toad away. If you think this is funny, you will definitely enjoy the treat we have prepared for you in this article. Bruce Worden is someone who is particularly interested in homophones and decided to make things simple for everyone. He created Homophones Weekly for the sole purpose of cleverly illustrating homophones in such an amusing way that everyone will not only enjoy but also get a perfect grasp of these confusing words. 

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41 Fascinating words from other languages we should definitely import to English.

No language has all of the words, and English is no exception. While you can express the complex feeling of “insecurity, fear, concern, and envy over relative lack of possessions, status or something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a comparator, a rival, or a competitor.” with one word (i.e. jealousy), some other very simple concepts need to be expressed with more than one word, like the day after tomorrow. With input from our amazing followers at The Language Nerds, we have compiled a list of some of the most interesting words that exist in other languages but have no equivalent in English. You really don’t want to miss any of them. 

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24 Non-English Words That Sound Dirty But Are Actually Innocent.

What makes languages so amazingly different is that they use different words to describe the same things. When you speak more than one language, you realize that words mean different things in different languages. Sometimes an innocent word in a language can sound really rude in another, and that’s where the real fun is. All the bad words in English have similar-sounding ones in other languages that are totally appropriate and sometimes they mean something really sweet. Below are words from foreign languages that sound dirty to an English ear but are totally innocent in their respective languages. 

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If Dictionaries Were Honest. 52 Words Redefined.

Words carry a certain social weight to them and that’s what dictionaries try to hide from us. Dictionaries give us literal meanings, dry most often, that can’t capture the different ways people use words and what they intend when they use them in different contexts. HipDict is an Instagram account that humorously redefines words and adds the honesty component to them. We have compiled the most relevant ones down below and we hope they appeal to you. Please share your favorites in the comment section.  

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17 Words You’ve Probably Been Mispronouncing Your Whole Life.

There is nothing more embarrassing and hurting to the title of a language savvy than mispronouncing words. A lot of people pick a certain pronunciation of a word and just go with it, mindless of the fact that that pronunciation is incorrect. Down below are some of the most butchered pronunciations of common words that almost everyone makes, even public and seemingly educated personalities. Do let us know how many you pronounced correctly. 

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17 Weird German Words You Won’t Believe Exist.

No other language beats German at having words for possibly every feeling and just plain everything. German’s shady technique of compounding nouns gave it a unique vocabulary that’s just a joy to use. This is why most of these words are hard to find in other languages and the best way to know what they mean is to translate them. But still, a lot of their meanings get lost in translation. While this is good for people who already speak German, it’s a pain in the neck for those trying to learn German as a second language. I could talk forever about German words and I won’t properly capture their peculiarity. So let’s look at some examples that truly show how weird and interesting some German words are. 

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10 Words That Do Not Mean What You Think They Mean.

Words can be deceiving sometimes, especially that the English language, or any language for that matter, is always evolving. There are words that confuse the logic out of our nerdy heads because we thought they meant something but in fact, they mean a completely different thing. So here is a list of some of the words that do not mean what you think they mean.

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Product Names That Mean Something Unfortunate In Other Languages.

It is highly recommended to consider other languages when you want to name a product. Otherwise, you will be a laughing stock to people who know a thing or two about other languages; especially to people like us, language nerds. Here are some product names that turned into something unfortunate in other languages:

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Tea if by sea, Cha if by land: Why the world has only two words for tea.

There is an interesting pattern that the word ‘tea’ shows across the globe. With very minor exceptions, the world has only two words for tea. One is like the English tea (e.g. thé in French, in Spanish, and tee in Afrikaans). The other one is some variations of cha found in Arabic chay and Hindi cha for example. In what follows, we are going to explain the reason behind this duality.

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Hardest Words to Pronounce In English For Both Natives And Non-natives.

A hugely popular Reddit thread reveals the words non-native (and sometimes even native) English-speakers struggle to say. The thread has had been going on for more than two weeks in which users submitted what they considered the most difficult words to pronounce in the English language. Thousands of people responded and below are their Top 10.

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