Love and Being in Love?

I recently read somewhere, "I loved him, but I was not in love with him," on which a friend of mine said that it's like "I ate food but the food didn't go through my oesophagus." Keeping genders and the fact that it was meant to be a light-hearted joke aside, my friend's statement resembles… Continue reading Love and Being in Love?


And per se And

"Ampersand", as a word, is a mondegreen. A mondegreen is a word, which comes from a mistaken pronunciation. According to the records, it was part of an old Roman system of shorthand signs, its first recorded use being in Pompeian graffiti in the 1st century CE. It comes from the Latin word “Et”, meaning “and”.… Continue reading And per se And

Discreet and Discrete

Discreet and Discrete form a set of Homophones. Homophones are words, or set of words, that have same pronunciation, but different meaning. While some homophones are not confusing, others are; and these two fall under the later. Discreet means 'presence of prudence in one's behaviour or action', and Discrete means 'something distinct or unrelated'. Their nominalisation… Continue reading Discreet and Discrete

What are Homophone, Homograph, and Homonym?

From the numerous confusing sets of words, Homophone, Homograph, and Homonym are part of a unique set. This set is unique as each of its members cover a large number of other sets. These words are not as confusing when you give it some thought, better yet understand how they came to be. They all… Continue reading What are Homophone, Homograph, and Homonym?