One day, my daughter was watching her favourite cartoon. In that cartoon, they were explaining about the different types of nails like common nails, box nails, roofing nails, etc., which we use in our day to day life for fixing the things. Suddenly my daughter came up to me and asked, “Mumma in this cartoon show, they are saying this long and hard substance is called a nail, but if this is a nail then why do we call the upper covering tip of our fingers as a nail?
It was a good question. But at that time, I was not able to answer her properly and I felt that I was giving some entrance exam question. But somehow I was lucky to escape from that question and I managed the situation too. But after doing a lot of research on her question, I found that there are many such words which sound or spell the same but their meanings are different.
Some of the examples are:
- Band: It can be a musical group or a band of the ring.
- Bark: The outer layer of the tree or the sound of the dog.
- Current: A body of water or air moving in one direction; belonging to the present time.
- Match: A stick from the matchbox or to pair some items.
Such words are called Homonyms. Homonyms are two or more words which have the same spelling or pronunciation but have different meanings. There are a lot of words that are homonyms. After my first baby’s question now I am confident that I can easily answer my second baby if she will ask me the same question. I am assuming many of you might have come across such a scenario where your kids might have asked you such questions. I would really love to hear about your experiences. What did you feel when your kids asked you such strange questions? And what did you reply?
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