That's Not What I Meant

Writing Prompt: Write a story that involves confusion over homonyms (words that have the same spelling but different meanings) or homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently). You can use any homonym or homophone you can think of, but here are a few examples to get you started.
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Write a story that involves confusion over homonyms (words that have the same spelling but different meanings) or homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently). You can use any homonym or homophone you can think of, but here are a few examples to get you started:

  • bark (tree or dog)
  • air and heir
  • lie (untruth or reclining) and lye
  • coarse and course
  • bow (front of a ship, an act of respect, or a weapon for firing arrows)
  • bear (animal or withstand) and bare
  • rose (flower or past tense of rise)

Post your response in 500 words or fewer in the comments below.

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