Is it soar or sore? Led or lead? If you’ve ever doubted your spelling or mixed up two words, Homophones, Weakly is for you. For five years, illustrator Bruce Worden made it his mission to ensure that you’d never get your homophones confused again. In case you don’t remember, homophones are two or more words having the same pronunciation, but different spelling and meaning.
Through clever, black and white illustrations, Worden makes it a bit easier to remember that gorilla and guerilla are two very different words. From 2011 to 2016, Worden posted new homophones each week, and now he updates his project occasionally. “I was inspired to do it because I felt like, as spell-check software became more and more reliable, I was seeing a surprising amount of homophone typos slipping through professionally edited content—presumably because the software still recognized them as real words and there weren’t enough human eyes on the job,” Worden tells My Modern Met. “I just wanted to do something to be ‘part of the solution’ instead of shaking my fist at the air.”
What seems like child’s play at first is quite interesting for lovers of the English language, as one discovers just how many homophones exist. Worden hopes his illustrations will make people chuckle, while also helping them remember spelling they may have a hard time with. He recently published a Homophones, Weakly book with 150 of the best illustrations from the blog. Catch the limited edition on Gumroad while you can.