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.