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 : When something arouses your senses of gratification or pleasure, it is said to be “sensual” in nature. It is often used with sexual arousal.Example: The couple’s dinner was followed by sensual waltz.
When something refers to your senses of physical perception rather than your intellectual understanding, it is termed as “sensuous” It can also be used for sexual references.
Consider, for example:Blindfolded, the tourists experienced the sensuous aromas and sounds of the wine in the brewery.
Meaning: Office and school supplies are termed as “stationery”.
Usage: He went to the stationery store to purchase notebooks for the upcoming school year.
When something is “static” or “not moving”, it is said to be “stationary”
Usage: He got off the stationary bus and began walking towards his house.
Meaning: When you raise a topic for debate or discussion, it is termed at “broaching” the topic.
Usage: The delegates broached a moderated caucus.
A brooch, on the other hand is an ornamental piece of clothing that is pinned to a blazer’s lapel or to the pockets of waistcoats.
Usage: To denote his promotion to club secretary, the President fastened a new brooch to his chest.
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