27 October 2011

To y'all semi-literate denizens of the Internet:

I know homophones (words that sound the same but have different meanings) can be tricky.  But for crying out loud, "rain", "rein", and "reign" should not be.

RAIN:  watery precipitation that falls from the sky.  German cognate regen.
REIN:  a strap used to control a horse.   Latin cognate frenum.
REIGN:  the period of rule by a king, emperor, or powerful principle (e.g. "reign of terror") Latin cognate regnum.
Perhaps it's the fact that hardly anybody outside Mongolia rides horses on the job anymore that causes this silly confusion.

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