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This expanded fourth edition defines and cross-references 9,040 homophones and 2,133 homographs (up from 7,870 and 1,554 in the 3rd ed.).
As the most comprehensive compilation of American homophones (words that sound alike) and homographs (look-alikes), this latest edition serves well where even the most modern spell-checkers and word processors fail—although rain, reign, and rein may be spelled correctly, the context in which these words may appropriately be used is not obvious to a computer.
|Overview of homophones and homographs||3|
|The "conflict of homophones" controversy||5|
|Criteria for including and excluding words||6|
|Notational devices and phonetic symbols||8|
|Organization of the dictionary||9|
|Some final thoughts||11|