Ore or oar? A family of words with the same sounds but different spellings

One interesting and occasionally frustrating part of the English language involves words that sound exactly the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings.

These words are homophones and according to the people over there, they’re their favorite types of words.

Personally I’d like to carve these words into stone, but would wood be better? I recently noticed that one family of words seems to have won the homophones championship, and I asked myself, “Is this something people want to know? No or yes?”

I decided yes, so for all to hear, here is the family of words that makes me feel happier than when I ate eight whole doughnut holes.

The words are all part of the “or” family, and it will bring me peace to provide you with this piece of homophone fun. It’s stunning to me how many “or” rhyming words are homophones, but that’s just the way it is, no matter how you weigh it.

Here, then, are several for you to ponder or discuss with a friend or two, too.

Or, Ore, Oar and even O’er – Here are four or words with very different meanings that sound the same. “I think I either dropped my oar or ore o’er there.”

Bore, boar, boor and Boer – “The other pigs considered the boar a boor who would bore them with stories about the Boer population settling southern Africa. “

Core and corps – “Many consider the corps the core of the military.”

For, fore and four- “In the fore of the boat I left four oars for paddling.”

Hoar and whore – I don’t want to write an example here.

More, moor – “When hiking I always say, ‘We need more moor,’ in my Roger Moore voice.”

Poor, pore, pour – “In order to help poor pores, pour lotion on your arm.”

Sore, soar – “I wonder if it makes birds sore to soar through the sky?”

Spore, Spoor – “I followed the spoor of the spore and ended up at the store, where I told my wife, “I’ll be in aisle B.'”

Tore, Tor – “When I fell on the tor I tore my pants.”

War, wore – “We wore war costumes to the party.”

Your, you’re, yore – “As someone said in days of yore, you’re your own worst enemy.”

That’s a lot of homophones to write just from the “or” words, right? Is anyone else surprised by this, or do you not buy how great this is? And if you think it is not so great, don’t worry that your opinions will grate me or tie my stomach into a knot;  I want to know if this idea was a good one or it was all for naught.

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