Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Homonyms Happen: Chord & Cord

When I was younger (and not really analyzing language—because, really, what kid sits around and analyzes language?), I used to think that chord and cord were just different ways to spell the same thing.

Not so.

Chord: three or more musical tones played simultaneously

Cord: a long, flexible, woven strand; an insulated electrical cable used to connect an appliance with a receptacle

How to Remember
Your computer uses a cord. But you play a chord on your cello, which borrowed chord's h sound, since it already has three or more musical ones.

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