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Only You Can Prevent Homophone Abuse

We all know people who, whether out of laziness, ignorance, or a desire to cause their grammarian enemies to erupt in skin-rending Hate Rage, love to misuse and abuse the humble homophone. To and too, their and there, your and you’re—no like-sounding words are safe from their bumbling brains.

Sometimes, this has no greater or worse effect than to make people very annoyed. But sometimes, misused homophones—and their redneck lingual cousins, malapropisms—can cause confusion, embarrassment, and, eventually, the end of the world. So today, your Sparkitorial friends have created an illustrated slideshow to keep your vocabulary in line. Onward!