Arsenio’s ESL Podcast: Homographs

Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast
Arsenio's ESL Podcast: Homographs

It’s been probably two decades since this topic came up, but while I was teaching a doctor pronunciation one day, she told me about homophones and homographs.  We looked up some pictures online, and there it was, my hands on my head, shaking uncontrollably.

It had been years since seeing these! What’s more, it has to be the first time talking about it since then, too.

So, let’s dive into some homographs today!


Same spelling, different pronunciation, different meanings!

  • accent – stress or emphasis/a manner of speaking or pronunciation influenced by the region in which one lives or grew up
  • agape – wide open/a Greek word meaning “love”
  • attribute – a characteristic or quality/to think of as belonging to or originating in some person, place or thing
  • axes – the plural of ax or axe/the plural of axis
  • bass – a deep voice or tone/a kind of fish
  • bat – a piece of sporting equipment used in baseball/a winged animal associated with vampires
  • bow – to bend at the waist/the front of a boat/a pair of tied loops
  • buffet – to hit, punch or slap/a self-serve food bar
  • bustier – an undergarment/more busty
  • compact – small/to make small/a small case for holding makeup
  • compound – to mix or combine/an enclosed area with a building or group of buildings inside
  • content – happy or satisfied/all that is contained inside something
  • contract – an agreement/to get, acquire or incur
  • coordinates – brings into proper place or order/a set of numbers used to calculate position
  • desert – a hot, arid region/to leave
  • digest – a condensed version of some information/to change food in the stomach into a form that can be absorbed by the body
  • discount – a reduction in price/to underestimate the significance of or give no credence to
  • does – female deer (plural)/present, third person singular form of the verb “do”
  • down – in a lower position/soft, furry feathers
  • entrance – the place of entry/to bewitch, delight or enrapture
  • evening – late afternoon/making more even
  • fine – very good/sharp or keen/delicate or subtle/a sum of money paid to settle a matter
  • frequent – occurring regularly/to visit a place with regularity
  • incense – a substance that produces a pleasant odor when burned/to infuriate or make very angry
  • lead – to go first with followers behind/a type of metal
  • minute – 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour/extremely small
  • moped – acted sad or gloomy/a bicycle with a motor
  • object – a thing you can see or touch/a goal/a noun that receives the action of a verb/to be opposed to
  • proceeds – advances or continues on/the money or profit gained from some sale or venture
  • produce – to create or make/fresh fruits and vegetables
  • project – a plan or proposal/to throw or hurl forward/to cause a shadow or image to fall upon a surface
  • putting – the present participle of put/the present participle of putt
  • number – a numeral/to count/more numb
  • refuse – waste or garbage/to reject or decline to accept
  • row – a fight/to propel a boat forward using oars/a line
  • second – 1/60th of a minute/after the first
  • tear – to rip/a drop of water from the eye
  • wind – to turn/moving air
  • wound – turned/an injury


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