They may use a homophone
, such as gr8 for great, or an initial, like, LOL for laugh out loud," Cingel said.
The error may be contextual and even professional proofreaders sometimes overlook homophones
or look-alike words.
are a creative development of the accidental phenomenon of homophony, whereby words are identical phonologically but not orthographically, as with meet, meat and mete.
Unfortunately, this contextual assistance does not work for all homophones
For instance, most students have few problems (or none) with homophones
, but a single participant accounted for 14 of the 20 incorrect transcriptions that were noticed in this area, potentially skewing the overall result.
are pairs of words which sound alike but have different spellings and different meanings.
First, eggcorns usually involve homophones
or near homophones
, (19) compared to malapropisms, which usually involve similar (not identical) sounding words.
have ever since been termed 'mondegreens' and 'Er Outdoors is naturally susceptible to the odd unarticulated pronunciation: for years she thought Creedence Clearwater Revival's Bad Moon Rising ended each verse with "there's a bathroom on the right" instead of "there's a bad moon on the rise".
And spellcheckers can't distinguish among homophones
such as "there," "their" and "they're," or "to," "two" and "too.
They noted confusing topic-related terms that were homophones
, words with multiple meanings, or words that sounded very similar to other common words, thus identifying possible wordings for puns.
Rhodes took the linguistic slippage between the homophones
dual and duel as a point of departure for a highly ambitious, slyly humorous, and slightly maddening installation that managed to weave together personal, historical, and formal concerns.
Graphs, phonetic models, and calligraphy enhance highly readable entries that account for such conundrums as French homophones
rue/roux, lost languages, and Chinese syllabaries.