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Twenty Years of the CIO — 
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The Ethical Spectacle
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Students for Concealed
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Gun Sales Up, Violent

     Crime Down (Again)

Book Review:
“The Man Who Hated Work and Loved Labor — The Life and Times of Tony Mazzocchi” This is a fascinating book about a labor leader who has had tremendous influence on our lives, but whose name is not even known by millions of Americans. Please read my review.

 

Introduction

The English Language has lots of words in it that are interesting because they have odd characteristics regarding meaning, pronunciation, origin, and so forth. My wife and I like them and collect them, but too often just in our heads. It's time to start writing them down, so this page will start to grow.


Homographs

Everyone knows what homonyms are – words that are spelled differently and have different meanings, but are pronounced the same. An example of a pair of homonyms is “blue” and “blew.” Homographs are the opposite – one word with multiple pronunciations, usually two. Technically, most are really two words with different pronunciations and meanings, but the same spelling. Often the words are the same word that is pronounced differently when used as another part of speech. For example, the word “aggregate” is pronounced one way when used as a noun and another way when used as a verb. Some, however, are totally different words that share the same spelling, for example “collect.” By the way, we didn’t find these by browsing the dictionary, but running into them in our daily lives or in books which we have read.

absent consummate initiate putting reprint
abstract contact insert putter retouch
abuse content insult read retread
advocate contest intercept rebel reuse
affect convert intern rebound rewind
affiliate correlate intimate recall rewrite
aggregate crooked invalid recap row
alternate defect inverse recoil sewer
animate degenerate invert recollect separate
appropriate delegate invite record slough
approximate desert laminate recount sow
attribute designate lead recreate subject
arithmetic deviate legitimate redress supposed
associate digest live reflux suspect
bass do minute refund syndicate
bow does moderate refuse tear
buffet dove multiply regenerate update
close duplicate object regress use
collect estimate offense rehash wind
combine evening perfect rehire winged
commune fragment permit relapse wound
complex graduate pervert reject
compound house polish relay
concrete imprint precipitate remake
conduct implant predicate repeat
confine incense present repent
conglomerate incline primer replicate
congregate increase process resent
conjugate inebriate produce resign
console ingrain project resume

Cheat list

This is a list of pseudo-homographs. These are like the ones above, but one of them (al least) is a word borrowed into English too recently to be considered an English word.

pave (pavé) sake      

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