Homophones are words with the same pronunciation but different meanings. For example, the words "muscles" and "mussels" are homophones. Though they sound the same, the phrases "look at my muscles" and "look at my mussels" have very different meanings. Since the pronunciation is the same, though, many speakers and writers struggle with homophones, and they can cause a lot of confusion—and fun. If you're still confused, take a look at the homonyms presented in the infographic below.
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