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Homophones #2

For each word, guess (and correctly spell) its homophone.
A homophone is a word that sounds the same but is spelled differently
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First submittedFebruary 18, 2013
Last updatedMarch 18, 2018
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Word
Homophone
Piece
Peace
Fare
Fair
Seed
Cede
Band
Banned
Faint
Feint
Size
Sighs
Sweet
Suite
Gored
Gourd
Word
Homophone
We
Wee
Hail
Hale
Lax
Lacks
Soar
Sore
Mall
Maul
Son
Sun
Hole
Whole
Naval
Navel
Word
Homophone
Horse
Hoarse
Pray
Prey
Owed
Ode
Barren
Baron
Groan
Grown
Build
Billed
Wade
Weighed
Ceiling
Sealing
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level 37
Mar 16, 2013
Could 'Saw' also be a homophone of 'Sore' and 'Soar'?
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level 28
May 5, 2013
I tried that too
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level 48
Apr 19, 2018
only if you're from Brooklyn
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level 36
May 5, 2013
I thought the same at first, but then remembered that americans distinguish quite clearly between the two spellings. I think to be a homophone it must work in all accents otherwise they could put things like 'udder' an 'utter'
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level 49
Dec 10, 2014
To be a homophone it just has to be pronounced the same in a given accent. You'd just say in most British dialects 'saw' and 'soar' are homophones while in most American dialects they aren't. As such, it might just be worth the quiz creator noting that he/she has an American accent to save confusion.
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level 72
Oct 10, 2015
Mall and maul certainly wouldn't work in UK
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level 40
Jul 8, 2017
I'm from the UK, I'm pretty sure mall and maul work...
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level 65
Sep 19, 2017
I'm from the UK and I've almost always heard 'mall' to rhyme with 'shall'.
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level 72
Feb 13, 2018
Are you sure you're not thinking of Pall Mall? There it rhymes with shall but mall the shopping centre rhymes with ball
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level 71
Jul 27, 2018
Exactly. A shopping mall rhymes with ball. The Mall (the ceremonial road that runs from Buckingham Palace to Trafalgar Square) rhymes with shall, as do both words in Pall Mall (the street parallel to the Mall), though they used sometimes to be pronounced to rhyme with bell.
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level 39
Jul 27, 2018
Lax and lacks doesn't sound the same in all accents, x has a different sound to ck in the Australian accent
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level 75
Jul 27, 2018
I'm American and when I was young (when cigarettes were still advertised on TV) the ads for Pall Mall cigarettes pronounced them "Pell Mell". They were named for the street in London.
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level 67
Jul 27, 2018
I don't think there would BE any such thing as a homophone if it had to work in all accents.
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
I'm Australian and cks and x are the same sound. As far as I'm aware, that's universal. One pair that wouldn't be homophones to some Australians is "groan" and "grown". Some would pronounce "grown" with two syllables, though I wince when I hear that.
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level 43
May 5, 2013
As an American, this is really hilarious.
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level 41
May 5, 2013
Lmao. Canadian here. I also found this funny. Brits pronounce them all as "sar," I guess (everything I know about British accents, I learned from Harry Potter and Top Gear lol).
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level 67
Oct 2, 2015
Surprisingly for many, there is no such thing as a British accent. As you travel through the UK the accents change often every few miles and anyone who knows UK accents can tell within a few miles just whereabouts they are. I don't include 'actors' accents, these are usually put on and are often not the original accents of the actors. When you talk about UK accents, it is not just English, Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish accents, or even e.g. Isle of Man, Channel Island , Shetland Islands, Orkney Islands accents for these accents all have regional accents, but town to town accents, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol, Edinburgh etc etc...... every town throughout the UK (thousands) have a unique accent. For me I love travelling in the UK just to listen to the wonderful accents to be found.
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
They're not pronounced "sar". Americans (and presumably it's the same for many Canadians) have lots of sounds that are the same to them but distinct in many other accents. To a Brit and an Australian, "soar", "sore" and "saw" all rhyme with "oar", which doesn't sound the same as "are".
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level 61
Jun 17, 2013
Saw sounds nothing like sore or soar!
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level 35
Oct 2, 2013
Yes it does... Saw, sore and soar all have the same -or sound at the end....
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level 44
Oct 21, 2014
i agree it's not "sawr" it's "saw"
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level 75
Feb 2, 2015
It's like when I hear Gordon Ramsay pronounce "raw". It sounds as though he's saying roar, which is hilarious to me. "It's roar! The chicken is roar!"
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level 59
Oct 2, 2015
@reneegenevieve You'll notice that oxforddictionary.com gives you exactly the same pronunciation for 'sore' and 'soar' as it gives for 'saw'.
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level 72
Oct 2, 2015
They are absolutely homophones I can't even think of a way to pronounce either differently
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level 21
Oct 1, 2016
@ander217 The chicken's so roar I can hear it roar!
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level 55
Mar 19, 2018
It sounds EXACTLY the same as sore and soar. >:-(
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level 76
Jul 27, 2018
^ if you have a speech impediment
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level 45
Jul 28, 2018
deniseread, 'saw' and 'soar' do sound the same (in Australia though)
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level 66
Aug 14, 2014
Is this like pronouncing wash as "warsh"? Because, that's horribly wrong and annoys the heck out of me when my relatives (New Englanders) pronounce it that way. :(
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level 70
Apr 17, 2015
In the US, they only talk that way on the East Coast, and only NYC and Boston, at that.
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level 46
Oct 2, 2015
Haha no my former stepdad from St Louis says it that way too.
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level 33
Jun 14, 2015
As an American, the two aren't even close.
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level 65
Jul 27, 2018
As a Brit they're identical.
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level 69
Feb 4, 2017
Yeah, took me a second to realise why it wasn't being accepted. For the Yanks - we say "Sore" and Soar the same way you say "Saw". We tend not to pronounce the letter "R" if it's at the end of a word. e.g. for "Redder", Americans will say "Red-urr", really stressing the "er" at the end, whereas we say "red-duh". They're definitely homophones in Britain though, as well as in most other non N. American English speaking countries.
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level 38
Nov 30, 2017
And could we have hull for hole, as in the hull of a ship. I must have typed it three times.
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
Those aren't even remotely similar in my accent. Americans merge so many sounds together.
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level 69
Apr 22, 2019
Nowhere in the U.S. that I know of would mistake the 2.
Whole and hole sound totally different whenever I hear anyone say them. Close, but no seegar.
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level 32
Mar 2, 2018
Get out!! No!
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level 38
Jul 27, 2018
Saw, sore, and soar are homophones in all non-rhotic accents of English (e.g. Received Pronunciation, Australian English, etc) so I agree it should be accepted as an alternate answer.
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level 68
Jul 27, 2018
I'm British, basically have RP, and I'd say saw, sore and soar are homophones. You virtually don't pronounce the "r" in the two words that have it....
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level 59
Jul 28, 2018
Even although you should?
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level 69
Apr 22, 2019
Then you don't have true RP, you have office worker RP.
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level 76
May 5, 2013
Anyone else get something different for "horse?"
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level 36
May 5, 2013
no, please share. The closest I can get is whores but it's not close enough.
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level 49
May 5, 2013
Got them all in 74 seconds.
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level 66
May 5, 2013
Anyone else try whores for horse? Lol
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level 75
Jul 27, 2018
In my American accent the former is pronounced as "horz" and the latter as "horce" which are different.
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level 58
Oct 19, 2013
All with 3.24 left. Very cool quiz! Definitely works to say the word out loud as you go.
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level 34
Apr 1, 2014
I thought old for owed? But I guess there is a slight difference.
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level 39
Feb 15, 2015
Mall is pronounced like pal in the UK, though I have heard some Brits pronouncing it the American way, probably from watching too many American programmes. Just hope we don't start pronouncing thorough as thorowe!
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level 75
Sep 2, 2015
So, how DO you pronounce "thorough?"
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level 59
Oct 2, 2015
Thu-ru, where both uses of the letter 'u' are as in 'bump' as opposed to 'pull'. It's like how Americans simply cannot pronounce Edinburgh, as they all pronounce it 'Edin-boro' when in fact it's pronounced 'Edin-buru' using the same principle as 'thorough'. If that makes sense. It's easier saying it than writing it down!
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level 75
Oct 7, 2015
Love this discussion. You should be happy to hear Americans pronounce Edinburgh as "Edinboro". Most of my friends call it "Edin-berg".
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level 24
Apr 23, 2016
thur-o
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level 24
Apr 23, 2016
and Edinburgh is edinburuh although the scottish accent helps it sound better
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level 21
Jun 12, 2016
@MacZidane I'm from Australia and I know how it's pronounced and everybody I know does as well. Guess it helps when you live near Edinburgh.
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level 67
Mar 5, 2015
I don't think these words are homophones for everyone, even in UK people will pronounce many of these words differently, in south of UK 'mall' is pronounced with a long A as in TALL, but in the north of England e.g. it is mall as in pal. .... I'm sure that many of these words would be pronounced differently in areas of the USA just as they are here in Australia. This must be a difficult quiz for a non-English speaking person.
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level 63
Jul 3, 2015
Fun.
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level 51
Oct 2, 2015
Gourd and gored aren't homophones. Gourd rhymes with toured and gored rhymes with bored.
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level 68
Oct 2, 2015
To me (from England), all four words you quote are pronounced the same way but even in the UK other regions pronounce words very differently so its hard to please everyone with this kind of quiz.
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level 61
Oct 2, 2015
That was the only one I didn't get, and I pronounce them differently too. But I looked it up: ɡôrd (to rhyme with 'bored') and ɡo͝ord (to rhyme with 'toured') are both valid pronunciations.
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level 46
Oct 2, 2015
I'm an American from the east coast and most people I've met say I have a general American accent without any regional affectations, and the only one of those words I pronounce differently is toured. I pronounce everything else like I would pronounce Ford.
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level 75
Oct 7, 2015
Same here with my Upper South accent. I say, "Toored".
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level 21
Oct 2, 2015
I enjoyed this, but it was tough! Ended up getting so desperate that I tried "oui" for "we".
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level 76
Oct 2, 2015
Fayre as well as fair?
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level 65
Oct 2, 2015
100%.
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level 66
Oct 4, 2015
Please accept "fayre" for fair as well (a spelling often used in the UK) :)
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level 41
Oct 4, 2015
How about "mole" for "mall" and "hall" for "hole"?
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level 69
Apr 22, 2019
Ta f?
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level 49
Nov 15, 2015
Too many options... seat, Swede, bend, bent, whores, etc. Bad quiz.
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level 54
Feb 6, 2016
You pronounce seat and Swede the same as each other, and sweet and suite? You pronounce bend and bent the same as each other, and banned and band? You pronounce whores the same as horse and hoarse? I honestly can't think for the life of me what accent would do that, but even if you do, the vast vast majority (not even just Americans, also most other native English speakers) of people don't speak like that.
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level 54
Feb 6, 2016
Can I have seeling for ceiling? Like, "come, seeling night, scarf up the tender eye of pitiful day"? :P
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level 45
Mar 14, 2016
I kept guessing whores and never thought hoarse, oops
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level 60
Dec 15, 2016
Glad I'm not the only one.
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level 49
Apr 16, 2017
much harder than you think it will be.Good quiz
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level 70
Aug 29, 2017
If you say them with juuuuust the right accent, "avocado" and "lumberjack" are homophones.
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level 69
Apr 22, 2019
And the both rhyme with hull.
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level 64
Sep 21, 2017
What about hull as in the hull of a ship for hole
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level 59
Jul 28, 2018
What about it? If you pronounce both of these the same, then you're getting at least one of them wrong.
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level 71
Nov 30, 2017
I kept trying gaud for gored - they do sound identical to me but maybe no coz gaud isn’t exactly in everyday use ?
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level 65
Jul 27, 2018
In which corner of the globe do gored and gourd sound the same? Gourd to me rhymes with endured.
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level 38
Nov 30, 2017
And can we have hull for hole, as in the hull of a ship. I must have typed it three times
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level 69
Apr 22, 2019
One is a long O, one is a schwa, uh.
On the subject of ships you might as well say butt and boat are pronounced the same way.
"Nice boat."
"Me or my wife?"
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level 55
Nov 30, 2017
I literally thought it was oui or whee for we, I feel that they should be accepted too.
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level 39
Jan 3, 2018
Fayre is pronounced the same as fair and fare so i think it should be accepted as well
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level 50
Jun 27, 2018
USA: 350 million people. The rest of the world: 6.650 billion people. We far outweigh the people of the US, so stop tailor-making your quizzes to cater to their linguistic style only. Put a disclaimer on your quizzes otherwise that states: you WILL NOT GET THIS if you don't speak/sound like an American.
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level 56
Jun 28, 2018
Most of those 6.650 billion people don't speak English at all and so would not pronounce these words in any way. I got most of these and I am British. But if the quiz is based on any particular accent maybe there should be a disclaimer but most of them work in all accents I have heard.
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level 48
Jul 27, 2018
In a few hundred years, no one will speak English, there will be no more USA, and white people will only live in tiny enclaves. Can't wait for the updated quizzes!
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level 56
Jul 27, 2018
Or...if you're not American, create your own quiz and fill it with whatever you want. Most of the people who create these quizzes are American but it doesn't have to be that way. Stop complaining and change what you don't like.
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level 49
Jul 9, 2018
Saw ends with an 'aw' sound. Nothing like sore or soar which has an 'or' sound
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level 46
Jul 27, 2018
sore and soar also end in an 'aw' sound, for nawmal people.
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level 66
Jul 27, 2018
Would "lacs" (plural of lac) not also work for "lax?"
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level 65
Jul 27, 2018
I was hopelessly stuck on Piece because I read it as "Pierce" and I was trying everything I could think of to get it until I realized what it actually said. /facepalm
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level 55
Jul 27, 2018
Just say em out loud and you'll get them.
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level 58
Jul 27, 2018
Although I got the correct answer, I do not pronounce "horse" and "hoarse" the same way. For me "horse" rhymes with "arse," and "hoarse" rhymes with "source."
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level 59
Jul 28, 2018
Seriously, in what universe does horse rhyme with arse? Horse rhymes with morse, surely?
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level 60
Jul 27, 2018
I pronounce barren and baron differently. Perhaps that's just me.
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level 74
Jul 27, 2018
Whores and saw for horse and soar respectively, surely?
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level 61
Jan 31, 2019
Whores ends in a Z sound. Horse ends in an S sound.
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level 48
Jul 27, 2018
For maul, I roll the vowel sound so it sounds more like (m)awl. People in the Washington, DC talk like that and I picked it up. But then, in DC, wall sounds like wawl, so I guess that's still a homophone.
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level 43
Jul 30, 2018
100% with 3:45 to go.. loved it.
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level 30
Aug 2, 2018
Never mind about all your accents. I use a baren regularly when making woodcuts or linocuts: Merriam-Webster define it as: "a pad of twisted cord covered with paper, cloth, and bamboo leaf with which a printmaker transmits pressure typically by rubbing to paper". It is pronounced the same as barren/baron.
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level 35
Feb 26, 2019
A quiz like this is difficult to be accurate for a world-wide audience. There is no 'right' way of pronouncing these words. But perhaps the quiz should either specify the region from which the accent is derived, or allow other accent specific homophones as correct answers.
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level 53
Mar 29, 2019
You should accept 'sais'. They are what Raphael uses!