Friday, July 22, 2011

Homonyms Happen: Waive & Wave

I'm married. To a Latin man. Let me tell's AWESOME.

That was only slightly off-topic. I bring it up because it is the reason I'm attempting to learn Spanish (bilingual kids = YES). And one of my biggest beefs with Spanish is that so many words sound the same. If you've ever tried to learn Spanish, you know what I mean.

I used to think that English didn't have that many words like that, but the more I've started paying attention, the more I've realized we have a lot. So now I'm not so angry at the Spanish language.

Today's sometimes-language-sucks-for-being-confusing words are waive and wave.

Waive: to relinquish voluntarily or to refrain from enforcing* 
Wave: successive curviness, as with water or light* 
To remember the difference, focus on the one letter that differentiates the words: i. If I relinquish my rights or if I refrain from enforcing a fine, then I (the doer) am in the word: waive. 

*As per usual, definitions are courtesy of Merriam-Webster.

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