Licker — Limn

It’s Tuesday again! Time for more difficult words — homophones — that we all need to pay attention to! They’re the ones that sound the same (or nearly so), but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

Licker (n.): one who licks

Liquor (n.): an alcoholic beverage made by distillation rather than by fermentation; a rich broth resulting from the prolonged cooking of meat of vegetables

 

Lie (v.): to recline (I will lie down later.); (n.): an untruth (Bob told us a lie earlier.)

Lye (n.): an alkaline liquid made by leaching ashes (usually wood ashes).

 

Lieu (n): instead of or in place of something (In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the XXX charity.)

Loo (n.): a card game played for a pool made up of stakes and forfeits; (colloquial) British: a toilet

 

Lightening (v.): making something lighter such as a burden, a color, or a mood

Lightning (n.): a bolt of energy from a storm cloud; a flash of light that is caused by the discharge of electricity in the atmosphere

 

Limb (n.): a part that extends from the trunk of a body, as an arm, leg, or wing; a large branch of a tree

Limn (v.): to paint or draw; to portray in words; to describe; to outline or highlight

Were any of these words new to you? I had to look up limn, I did not know that loo is a card game, and I was totally wrong on the definition of lye.