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In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings (in other words, are both homographs and homophones), usually as a result of the two words having different origins. The state of being a homonym is called homonymy. Examples of pairs of homonyms are stalk (part of a plant) and stalk (follow/harass a person), and left (opposite of right) and left (past tense of leave).

In a looser non-technical sense, the term "homonym" can be used to refer to words that share the same spelling irrespective of pronunciation, or share the same pronunciation irrespective of spelling – in other words, they are homographs or homophones. In this sense, pairs such as row (propel with oars) and row (argument), and read (peruse) and reed (waterside plant), would also be homonyms.

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    RIDGEFIELD -- Dan Wolinsky will present "Word Games, Puns and Homonyms," an interactive program for people who love word games, at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ridgefield Library , 472 Main St. Read more on this news related to 'Homonyms'
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    Newtown author Dan Wolinsky will present a program called Word Games, Puns and Homonyms at the Ridgefield Library on Thursday, July 10, at 2. This interactive program will feature some of the word play and brain games that feature in his books Sines of the Bizarre and Sines of the Bizarre Too. Read more on this news related to 'Homonyms'

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