Talk:homograph

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WRONG!!! Homographs do have same spelling, but not necessarily the same pronunciation. Homonyms do have same spelling AND same pronunciation! Thus, a homonym is always a homograph, but NOT vice versa! —This comment was unsigned.

Isn't that what our entry says? --Connel MacKenzie 18:18, 11 November 2007 (UTC)
No, it says "All homographs are homonyms." I spent the past half hour trying to figure that out, because it's the exact opposite of what I thought. And of course that's because it's wrong. :/ —This comment was unsigned.

Difference in meaning[edit]

From the definition, I have removed difference in meaning as a key characteristic of a homograph, in this edit. As several dictionaries do mention the difference in meaning in their definitions of "homograph", I feel the need to explain the edit.

Homographs do have different meanings, but that is not what makes them up, what marks them as homographs. Homographs are different words, while a single word often has several meanings. Thus, "cat" (meowing domestic animal often kept as a house cat) and "cat" (a strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship) are not homographs, regardless of their having a different meaning. --Dan Polansky (talk) 11:30, 3 November 2012 (UTC)