705 words which have alternative meanings if pronounced a different way—they are also known as Heteronyms, though the latter are subtly different).I built up this list one at a time over a period of 8 years, for fun. It's probably not accurate. It's probably the longest list of homographs in the world, ever, ever. I've got lots more to add, one day ...EXAMPLES
- "I protest at the protest; the car-tower will tower above my son; through the entrance and turn left, she will entrance you".
- "Let's go putting, after putting our bows and arrows in the ship’s bows”.
- "My arm felt number yesterday, and my leg was pussy", he moped and rode off on his moped.
- "Would you object to rose, graves, sake or pate?", she proceeds.
The list includes:
- Noun / verb differences (ENTRANCE / ENTRANCE).
- Common alternative pronunciations (CONtribute / conTRIBute).
- Past tense and plural (BOW / BOWED / BOWS).
- BOWER is also in the list - it has 2 more meanings (lady in bower / person who uses an archery bow).
- Abbreviations with a missing apostrophe (SHELL / SHE'LL).
- Hyphens ignored (COOP / CO-OP).
- Accents ignored (PATE / PATÉ).
- Context-dependent words (A can be pronounced “eh?” or “uh”, THE can be pronounced “thee” or “thuh”).