Often when two words sound similar, they are termed as “homophones”, “homo” being same and “phone” being sound. However, there are also a few words that don’t sound the same yet their similar pronunciation can lead to confusions as to their usage and distinction. Therefore, this chapter will run you through a set of words that sound similar or are bound to get interchanged in due course of daily usage.
Meaning : The word “Cogent” refers to a clear, logical and convincing case of an argument. Example: His interpretation of the goods and service tax was cogent and well received. “Ironic” is a statement that is made obvious by otherwise stating the opposite in an attempt to make it humorous or sarcastic. For example: It was quite ironic watching the man who would beat his wife lead the protest of feminists.
Meaning: “Pealing” refers to the loud sound in series of thunder, laughter or bells in general. For example: The victorious Navy was greeted with pealing of the coast bell.
“Peeling” refers to the act of deskinning something. It could refer to fruits, vegetables or saran wrap.
For example: He began peeling the orange in an attempt to make marmalade.
Meaning: A “Horde” is used to collectively refer to a large group of people in a negative manner. For example: A horde of angry fans mobbed the stadium after the team’s loss.
When you “Hoard” something, you accumulate a large amount of anything. For example: The kleptomaniac opened his closet to prove his habit of hoarding groceries.
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