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

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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