What is the mystery term in the fourth quadrant?
February 26, 2009 4:54 AM Subscribe
The wikipedia article for homonyms
does a nice job of explaining the distinction between the terms homonym, homograph, heteronym, and homophone (even tossing in a nice introduction to polysemes). The cartesian diagram depicting their qualities in four quadrants according to similarities in spelling and is particularly helpful, but there is a suspicious blank spot. What term goes in the fourth quadrant of the wikipedia homonym diagram? Is there a term that specifically describes a set of words that have different spellings, different pronunciations, and different meanings?
posted by mumblelard to Writing & Language (31 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Antonyms would be a bad answer because it is too specific about their meanings and does not refer to the spelling or pronunciation of the words at all.