Are you familiar with the American TV program Wheel of Fortune? It’s a show that depends on a contestant’s ability to guess words with a very general definition but without any letters at all. Usually contestants start trying to find the right consonants, but inevitably they ask to “buy a vowel” to help them solve the puzzles.
So I thought it would be interesting to use that concept but with a twist; I’ve given you the vowels (for free!) and the definitions, and you have to guess the word. They’re all heterographs – a special type of homograph – words that are spelled the same but have a different meaning and, in these cases, are pronounced differently depending on their meaning.
a _ _ _ e _ _ (n.): a specific place (v.): to talk directly to
a _ _ e _ _ (n): an emotional state (v.): to influence or alter
a _ _ _ i _ u _ e (n.): a characteristic or quality (v.): to cite another’s authorship or effort
e _ _ _ a _ _ e (n.): an opening (v.): to charm
e _ _ _ o i _ (n.): an adventure or heroic deed (v.): to take advantage of
e _ _ _ a _ t (n.): something drawn or pulled out (v.): to pull out
i _ _ a _ _ (n.): a collision of things or energy (v.): to collide or strike
i _ _ e _ _ (n.): something added (v.): to put something into
i _ _ a _ i _ (n.): a person who is physically ill (adj.): not legally correct
o_ _ e _ _ (n.): a thing (v.): to argue against
o _ e _ _ _ a _ _ e (n.): an excessive price (v.): to fill too full
o _ e _ _ o o _ (n.): a high place (v.): to ignore
u _ _ a _ e (n.): latest information (v.): to give current information
u _ _ e _ (n.): something negative (v.): to make someone unhappy
u _ e (n.): benefit, function (v.): to employ
address * affect * attribute
entrance * exploit * extract
impact * insert * invalid
object * overcharge * overlook
update * upset * use
So, how did you do? I know I had to actually think about a couple of them as I was putting this quiz together; I just kept forgetting what the answers were and it’s MY quiz!