Homophones are something people often get confused about. They are similar words but with different meanings, and there’s no doubt that wouldn’t be confusing. When we’re using those words in a sentence we need to focus on the content and not on the word per se. To have a better understanding of these words, artist Bruce Worden illustrates homophones in the best way possible. His project Homophones, Weakly makes sure to explain these words by illustrating what they actually mean.
” I kept seeing typos in professionally-published material where the mistake didn’t get noticed because it resulted in another existing word. Sometimes these would be words like Lose and Loose, which aren’t homophones but have similar spellings. But most of the time it would be words like Affect and Effect whose confusion arises because they are homophones. So I consider homophones to be the home base for what I do on the blog, and it branches out a bit from there. I started doing the drawings because I didn’t want to become an old man yelling about typos,” explained the artist when reached out by Earthwonders.
His illustrations are very simple, going just in black and white, but the whole idea to help people understand homophones better it’s quite awesome and highly appreciated by many. Bruce shares his work on his social media, where so far counts 15k followers on his Facebook account.
The artist shared a little bit about his working process as well where he said he keeps a list of homophones in a Google spreadsheet . ” For the first five or six years, I’d pick one set of words every week, do the drawing (digitally, on Illustrator), and post it up on Sunday morning. The deadline was good for keeping me on track, as well as for building an audience. I kept showing up, week after week, and eventually people started to notice, then look forward to it,”
Scroll down below to see Bruce’s illustrations and learn some new homophones from his big collection.