It's a strange story how our homophone list started—revealing how truly weird my father and I are—but it's worth telling.
More than 20 years ago, some time in the mid-1980s, I stayed home sick from school. My father happened to be sick that day as well, so both of us found ourselves bored to tears, desperately searching for something to occupy our minds. Apparently one of us (I can't remember which one) suggested we try to make a list of as many homophones as we could think of. Now that's what I call exciting! (Hey, I warned you—we're weird!)
And so we did; we started compiling a list of homophones—words that sound the same, but have different spellings.
And believe it or not, this homophone fetish continued for years…and it still continues! (Now you're probably thinking we've really gone over the edge!)
But it's true! Although my father and I live several hundred miles apart,* we still call each other when we come across a homophone we think we may have missed on the list. In fact, just this week my father added cingular/singular.
We now have well over 3500 homophones in our list. Click here to view the entire list on the Homophones List page. (You can also download the a pdf of the list there.)
*We are actually next door neighbors now, but he still emails, texts, or visits me in person to share the new discovery!