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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (June 15, 2008)

A Man on a Moped who Moped

English has quite a number of homographs, words with different pronunciations, origins and meanings that are, to confuse us all, spelled exactly the same.

Thus, the man on the moped (a small motorcycle; stressed first syllable) moped (was gloomy; stressed second syllable).  

Other interesting examples include the familiar entrance, which means the way in, of course, but also, with a stressed second syllable, to delight.

For more information, visit John Higgins' list of homographs.

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