How are you pronouncing words when you read them out of context and they're homonyms polls thread

Axes

  • Plural of axe
  • Plural of axis

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Content

  • State of satisfaction
  • Stuff

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Articulate

  • Explain
  • Eloquent

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Read

  • Like reed
  • Like red

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Unionised

  • Labour party
  • Chemistry

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Wound

  • rhymes with bound
  • rhymes with spooned

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separate

  • cause to move or be apart
  • forming or viewed as a unit apart or by itself

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  • Electer lane
  • Electra lane
  • Some other pronunciation, ElecTRAlanee or something

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Why are these polls the same pronunciations but different meanings

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Except yours

Errrm

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Axes and axis are said in the same way?
Maybe it’s just me oh no

moveable

You’ve closed the poll before the move apart gang can get here. Mods, democracy is being stifled!

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Sometimes they’re different forms (syntactic categories) of the same root:

preSENT (v), PREsent (n)
perFECT (v), PERfect (adj)
conTENT (adj), CONtent (n)

Think that only happens with words that have been in multiple categories for a long time - words that spread across categories more recently don’t get a stress shift. ACCess (n) didn’t become *accESS (v) for instance, it’s ACCess (n,v). Access the verb first appeared in the 1960s afaik

Access

  • Noun
  • Verb
  • Stop talking about syntax u tw@

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boring

  • doing a hole
  • thread got

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Pasties

  • Cornish
  • Raised eyebrow

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Not really related, but…

“the big four”

  • Accounting firms
  • British supermarkets
  • Japanese motorcycles
  • Successful English football teams of the 00s
  • Other

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There are quite a lot huh

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I can’t believe @Aggpass made such an amazing thread and you treated it so ungratefully