Monday, May 9, 2011

Homonyms Happen: Breath & Breadth


Came across this one today in a book review I’m editing:
The cases and stories in this book provide a wide breath of patient experiences.
Breath: air inhaled or exhaled during breathing
Breadth: comprehensive quality
I suppose it’s not really a homonym—since you should pronounce the “d” in breadth—but apparently it’s close enough to confuse this writer! Let’s hope the book is more error free than the review. :)

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