Magazine article Word Ways

Homophonic Antonyms

Magazine article Word Ways

Homophonic Antonyms

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Susan notes that some phrases combine sound and meaning in contradictory ways: "The phrase LAST BALLAD contains two groups of letters (underlined) which sound the same as the antonyms LASS and LAD, respectively, although they are made from different letters. That is the idea of this little game. There is just one rule--however many words are in each phrase they must all be involved in the making of the two homophonic groups of letters." She has found numerous examples that work in different ways.

2-word phrases
      high-low
 hi Lola lock-free
 loch freak rich-poor
 Pritchard pours done-raw
 Dunn roars sick-well
 classic welcome land-sea
 planned siege old-new
 Faulds knew and-or
 planned tour dead-alive
 dreaded saliva gain-loss
 Gaynor lost there-here
 their shears more-less
 Morse molests come-go
 comfort ghost 

3-word phrases

Here, one of the homophonic groups straddles two of the words. …

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