9. Homophones, Grammagrams, Chemograms & Piano words

Posted: 2013 年 11 月 14 日 in Logology
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Homophones result when each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spellings, such as aunt and ant.

  1. cannon canon

  2. canvass canvas

  3. chord cord

  4. eave eve

  5. heard herd

  6. hoarse horse

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Grammagrams refer to words such as decay that consist entirely of letter sounds (DK) when pronounced. The letters for grammagrams are popular on vanity license plates.

  1. cutie = QT

  2. easy = EZ

  3. excel = XL

  4. enemy = NME

Exercise: Figure out the letters for the following grammagrams

  1. empty =

  2. envy =

  3. essay =

  4. opium =

  5. obediency =

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Chemograms are found when the names of chemical elements can be spelled using only elemental symbols from the periodic table.

  1. C-Ar-B-O-N = carbon (carbon, argon, boron, oxygen, nitrogen)

  2. Si-Li-Co-N = silicon (silicon, lithium, cobalt, nitrogen)

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A piano word is a word each of whose letters can be played as a note on a musical instrument, such as cabbage. Simply stated, piano words are those words formed exclusively with a, b, c, d, e, f, or g.

  1. accede

  2. adage

  3. babe

  4. baggage

  5. bead

  6. beef

  7. cafe

  8. cage

  9. decade

  10. edge

  11. facade

  12. feed

Exercise: Provide ten more examples of piano words.

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