Fun Illustrations Visualize of the “Same” Words With Different Meanings

Bass Homograph

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Language lovers will be thrilled to know that illustrator Bruce Worden is back to regularly updating his popular website Homophones, Weakly. Since 2011, Worden has been illustrating homophones, which are two or more words having the same pronunciation, but different spelling and meaning. Though the illustrations tapered off after 2016, Worden has been quite productive this year, particularly as he's focusing on a new category—homographs.

What is a homograph? A homograph is a pair—or group—of words that are spelled the same but have different meanings. And, according to some dictionaries, they should also have different pronunciations. Worden began revealing his illustrated homographs in March, stating, “I've been keeping a list of them as long as I've had my list of homophones, and I think it's finally time to draw some of them!”

The renewed activity on the website comes a year after Worden's book Homophones Visualized was published by Chronicle Books. At over 200 pages, it features 100 pairs or groups of words and is perfect for language-lovers, grammar enthusiasts, kids, and anyone learning English as a second language.

We're excited to see more new work from Worden as he explores the world of homographs. Luckily, if his list is as long as the one for homophones, he'll be busy for quite awhile.

Homophones, Weakly is a clever project by illustrator Bruce Worden to explore the fun world of grammar.

Than Then Homophone

Homophones, Weakly by Bruce Worden

Click and Clique Homophones by Bruce Worden

Homophones, Weakly by Bruce Worden

Moor and More Homophoones

Lessen and Lesson Homophones

Now, he's begun exploring homographs, which are two words that are spelled the same but with different meanings and pronunciation.

Dove Homograph

Homograph Visualization

Homograph Visualization

Illustrated Sewer Homographs

Tear Homograph Illustrated

Minute Homograph

Homographs by Bruce Worden of Homophones Weakly

Homographs Illustrated

Illustrated Homograph

Homographs by Bruce Worden of Homophones Weakly

Homophones, Weakly: Website | Facebook

All images via Homophones, Weakly.

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Contributing Writer and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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