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Friday, August 21, 2009 - 08:31 AM

We've learned something today, friends. We've learned that Dave can get his homonyms mixed up with this homophones and his homographs and his heteronyms and his hemoglobins.

I'm editing the original strip to reflect the correct usage of "homophones", with a doff of the cap to my various professors who e-mailed me. (It's like I'm back in grad school! They keep pulling me back in!)

Here's where my mind went astray. For some reason, I thought that "homonym" was the umbrella or catch-all term encapsulating both homophones and homographs. The Greek suffix "-nym" being "name" I *thought* put it as a classification encapsulating "-phone" ("sound") and "-graph" ("writing"). But alas, my supposition would earn me no supper tonight. Turns out I'm just a moron.

So! To my former professors, a kind thank you...and you shall get no more language classification jokes from me for a while. :)

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