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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Having a character meet his double is a plot device in fiction, but we have such doppelgangers in language as well. We call such words homonyms. A homonym is a word that has the same spelling and pronunciation as another word, but a different meaning.
A great example of a homonym is the word sound, which is really four different words under the same spelling and pronunciation:
This week we'll feature five words, each of which has homonyms.
1. A tuft of hair brushed up above the forehead.
2. A woman considered as promiscuous.
For 1: Origin uncertain, perhaps from coif. Earliest documented use: 1890.
For 2: Origin unknown. Earliest documented use: 1923.
"Posters of the intrepid boy reporter with the quiff and funny pants plastered the city."
Claire Rosemberg; Spielberg 'Brings Tintin Home' Hollywood-Style; Agence France Presse (Paris); Oct 22, 2011.
"A certain party got the quiff pregnant."
William Deverell; The Dance of Shiva; ECW Press; 2004.
See more usage examples of quiff in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:There is a rumor going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist. -Terry Pratchett, novelist (b. 1948)