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126 Words of similar Sound, but different Spelling, etc.

Poor Godiva! With all her wit, tact, and devotion, bound to such a lord, she must have found the yoke of matrimony a heavy one.-Coming home, we had a long passage: these old ships teem with vermin. We tacked about the mouth of the Channel until we were tired; and the tug that came to tow us up was most welcome. Our pilot picked up a sealed vial containing a piece of paper; on it was written the latitude and longitude of a sinking ship, and tacked to it was a lock of hair. It was curious to observe in what different ways the passengers passed their time: some would throw food to the fish, some would play whist, and one good man went about with a tray full of books, presenting a tract to anyone who would accept it, and not a whit disconcerted that some were thrown away. We had one accident on board: a great tun that weighed a ton rolled along and crushed a boy's toe. He was carried to the hospital at Greenwich, and while there we used to take him eggs, the yolk of an egg being good for him. Our captain weighed anchor, and sailed outward bound again last week. He takes out a team of oxen for my cousin Tom, who will find them useful in the tract of country where he is settled; his horses have been known to leap fences and wade streams, and it has been weeks before he has tracked them. Our greatest comfort while we were on board was our stock of books. An old volume of travels amused us greatly. After giving some very strange histories, the ancient writer says, 'I wot well my accounts will be deemed marvellous. I have smiled at such myself with incredulity, but that was when I wist not what wonders are hid in nature.' We had good editions of the standard poets, and they helped to wile away the time. Some of them we seem never to have appreciated before. Charles was always quoting,

'What is noble ?-to inherit

Wealth, estate, and proud degree ? '

and we were all charmed with the 'Pied Piper' of Hamelin. You remember how, before he wiled the rats away on their wild run to the river,

'Into the street the piper stept,
Smiling first a little smile,
As if he knew what magic slept
In his quiet pipe the while;'

and all about the poor children who came 'tripping and skipping?' or if you do not, get a copy of Browning while you think of it.

WORDS ALIKE IN SOUND AND ORTHOGRAPHY, BUT WITH DIFFERENT MEANINGS.

There are many words in the English language to which— unchanged in spelling or accent-two or more meanings are attached. Though these words do not present any special orthographical difficulties, we give a list of such as are in very general use.

Arms, plur. of arm, a limb; arms, plur. of arm, a weapon; arms, armorial sign.

Art, science, skill, cunning; art, 2nd person singular of the verb to be.

Band, a girdle; band, a company.

Bank, a mound; bank, a repository for money.

Bark, a small ship; bark, the rind of a tree; bark, voice of a dog or wolf.

Bat, a winged animal; bat, a club; bat, to strike with a club.
Blow, a knock; blow, action of air in motion.

Bound, tied, in bondage; bound, to spring.
Calf, a young cow; calf, part of the leg.
Can, am able; can, a metal jug, a vessel.
Cape, a headland; cape, a neck-piece.

Case, condition, cause; case, a covering, a box.
Chase, to pursue; chase, to ornament metal.

Chest, the breast; chest, a large box.

Cipher, the character O in numbers; cipher, to cast accounts;

cipher, secret writing; cipher, initials interwoven.

Cock, a bird; cock, part of a gun; cock, a tap.

Corporal, bodily; corporal, an officer.

Count, a title; count, to reckon.

Court, a princely residence, or assembly; court, to solicit.

Cricket, an insect; cricket, a game.

Crown, a diadem; crown, a five-shilling piece.

Effects, consequences; effects, goods.

Elder, senior to; elder, a tree.

End, conclusion; end, intent.

Game, sport, play; game, edible wild animals.

General, usual; general, an officer.

Gross, fat, coarse, stupid; gross, the bulk, twelve dozen.

Hamper, a basket; hamper, to clog, to perplex.

Hawk, a bird, to fly hawks; hawk, to cry goods, to clear the

throat.

Hop, a plant; hop, to jump.

Kind, sort, description; kind, affectionate, considerate.
Lap, knees of a seated figure; lap, to lick, to fold over.

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ORDS ALIKE IN SOUND AND ORTHOGRAPHY, BUT WITH DIFFERENT MEANINGS.

There are many words in the English language to whichchanged in spelling or accent-two or more meanings are tached. Though these words do not present any special thographical difficulties, we give a list of such as are in very neral use.

rms, plur. of arm, a limb; arms, plur. of arm, a weapon; arms, armorial sign.

rt, science, skill, cunning; art, 2nd person singular of the verb to be.

Band, a girdle; band, a company.

Bank, a mound; bank, a repository for money.

Bark, a small ship; bark, the rind of a tree; bark, voice of a dog or wolf.

Bat, a winged animal; bat, a club; bat, to strike with a club.
Blow, a knock; blow, action of air in motion.

Bound, tied, in bondage; bound, to spring.
Calf, a young cow; calf, part of the leg.
Can, am able; can, a metal jug, a vessel.
Cape, a headland; cape, a neck-piece.

Case, condition, cause; case, a covering, a box.
Chase, to pursue; chase, to ornament metal.

Chest, the breast; chest, a large box.

Cipher, the character O in numbers; cipher, to cast accounts;

cipher, secret writing; cipher, initials interwoven.

Cock, a bird; cock, part of a gun; cock, a tap.

Corporal, bodily; corporal, an officer.

Count, a title; count, to reckon.

Court, a princely r

Cricket, an insec

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Lay, a song; lay, a row, a stratum; lay, not clerical; lay, to place, to put down, to wager; lay, to lay eggs.

Lean, to rest upon; lean, thin.

Leave, reject, neglect; leave, depart; leave, permission.
Leaves, foliage; leaves, rejects; leaves, departs.

Left, opposite to right; left, remaining over, rejected, neglected; left, departed.

Light, not dark, illuminated; light, not heavy; light, to rest, to alight on.

Lighter, not so dark, not so heavy; lighter, a boat for unloading ships.

Line, limit, extension, row; line, a cord; line, to cover the inside. Long, lengthy; long, to desire.

Lot, fortune; lot, portion, quantity.

Mace, a spice; mace, an ensign of authority.

Match, tally, equal; match, a contest; match, a marriage; match, a piece of wood tipped with inflammable material. Mate, a companion; mate, a naval officer.

May, a month; may, is permitted to.

Mine, earthy depository of metals, &c. ; mine, possessed by me. Miss, title of a young lady; miss, to lose, to feel the loss of. Mould, earth; mould, a cast shape; mould, to model; mould, mouldiness.

Neat, orderly; neat, oxen.

Note, a short letter or memorandum; note, to observe; note, a character or sound of music.

Order, method; order, command; order, a fraternity; order, a badge.

Own, to possess; own, to confess.

Page, an attendant; page, leaf of a book.

Painter, one who paints; painter, rope of a boat.

Palm, a tree; palm, part of the hand.

Patient, resigned; patient, a sick person.

Pen, an instrument with which to write; pen, an enclosure.

Pine, a tree; pine, a fruit; pine, to languish.

Pitch, resin of pine; pitch, to cast; pitch, rate, size, cast.

Plot, a conspiracy; plot, a piece of ground.

Point, sharp end; point, direction, to indicate, to sharpen, to

level; point, indivisible portion.

Porter, a beverage; porter, one who carries loads.

Pound, a weight; pound, twenty shillings; pound, a pinfold; pound, to crush.

Prune, to lop trees, &c.; prune, a dried plum.

Rank, class, dignity; rank, file, to range in line; rank, rancid,

coarse.

Rash, an eruption; rash, incautious, hasty.

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