Artist Draws 24 Illustrations of Words We All Get Confused About Sometimes

Have you ever wondered what happens when a frog’s car breaks down? Well, he has to get it toad. That’s a dumb joke, I know, but it’s the perfect way to illustrate what a homophone is. Words can be a lot of fun and if you laughed (or groaned) at that silly joke, you may be a person who loves words and plays on worlds. Bruce Worden is a man who loves words and he’s the artist and wordsmith behind the blog Homophones Weakly, where he shares illustrations that he has created to show how confusing the English language can be.

Bruce’s drawings are a lot of fun, and they show what happens when two words sound a lot alike. Bruce’s blog aims to give a visual exploration of “words that look the same, sound the same, or are otherwise easily confused.” A homophone can be a word that sounds the same, although occasionally to a varying extent. Even though they sound the same, the words will have a completely different meaning. Also, homophones sometimes have the same spelling, even. For example, “rose” the flower and “rose” the past tense of the verb rise. They are spelled exactly the same, but have different meanings. Let’s check out some of Bruce’s best ones. Remember the old bad joke about being a “cereal killer” who eats gobs of cereal?

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What happens if you cut your foot? Your heel may have to heal.

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He did a great job with raise/rays/raze.

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This one is amazing. Hello, Abe times three.

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Interesting depiction of “die” in the first one.

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This one is great.

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I see this confused a lot.

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Good job on this one.

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So many people need to see this.

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Every single day, I see someone misuse one of these.

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What happens when you don’t use your boat enough.

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An excellent example.

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Often, they guy on the throne needs to get thrown (like now in our country).

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Another epic comparison.

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OK then.

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People who whine usually can benefit from a little wine.

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If you don’t use your brake, you might break something.

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Flea vs Flee.

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I love the which and witch one.

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This is actually hilarious.

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Love how he did this.

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Nicely done.

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Can we get a piece of peace?

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Pet peeve: people saying “bare with me.”

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