I love a good turn of phrase. Much of the time, one can be achieved via the mastery of a word/figure of speech — like these three, for example:
Homograph (n.) – Words that have the same spelling, but different pronunciations and meanings.
Homonym (n.) – Words that have the same spelling and same pronunciation, but different meanings.
Homophone (n.) – Words that have the same pronunciation, but different spelling and different meanings.
That last one is tricky because it reminds narrow-minded people of a word that no one uses correctly: Homophobe. You see, to have a ‘phobia,’ one must be legitimately afraid of something. People who are labeled with that term aren’t scared. They’re just idiots.
Kinda like this guy in Utah who fired a blogger for using that word. No, not that one, the other one: Homophone.