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Jun 13th, 2011 at 21:11 GMT
I didn't do well, but great idea.
Jun 13th, 2011 at 21:14 GMT
I could have used some more time but good quiz.
Jun 13th, 2011 at 21:17 GMT
If you have "rho" as the Greek letter, you should add "nu" to the New column. You're missing a parenthesis after "go below 0." Nice quiz.
Jun 13th, 2011 at 21:20 GMT
Yeah another minute. I didnt even get to the last row.
Jun 13th, 2011 at 21:38 GMT
Thanks for the comments! I was gonna put 'nu', but it can also be pronounced 'nyoo'. The reason for the missing parentheses was because I used a / instead of a | in my data entry :P
Jun 13th, 2011 at 21:39 GMT
Great fun. Picky point, butte is pronounced with a long "u" sound. Give us a minute more to go back over missed answers, please.
Jun 13th, 2011 at 22:30 GMT
My dog kept looking at me: "I'll, bite, toad, do, where'' I could have used one more minute...SUPER game!!!
Jun 13th, 2011 at 23:59 GMT
I like this quiz, but I like time to finish quizzes. I think more than 5 minutes would be fair.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 00:33 GMT
"Where" isn't homophonous with "wear/ware" for many speakers, who distinguish "w-" from "wh-". "Leys" is missing from "lays" (a variant spelling, granted, but it should at least be acknowledged as a bonus). And slamb is right that you're apparently mispronounced "butte".
Jun 14th, 2011 at 00:38 GMT
Crap, sorry about the butte thing. I'll replace it.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 01:01 GMT
Where "where" is, where's "were"?
Jun 14th, 2011 at 01:29 GMT
A number of these are dialect issues. The way I say it, pore and poor aren't homophones (one rhymes with more, the other has the vowel sound in you), and neither are peddle and petal (I say the "t" and "d" sounds distinctly)
Jun 14th, 2011 at 01:32 GMT
I really enjoyed this but as others mentioned, a little more time would have really helped. I felt like an idiot for missing some of the answers.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 01:33 GMT
You could also include "nos" (plural of no).
Jun 14th, 2011 at 01:44 GMT
I know some of them might be a bit iffy, but I'll take the good and the bad with it. I appreciate the comments. I started with 5 minutes, and bumped it up to 6. I'll add more time if I get more comments about it.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 02:16 GMT
Thanks for more time. I never thought of the Simpson one, do'h.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 03:37 GMT
I should point out that 'pedal' and 'petal' are only homophones in places like the US, where 't's tend to be pronounced like 'd's. In places like the UK, the two words are distinct. (That's why it is only in America that "Lordy Lordy" and "look who's forty" actually does rhyme.) May I suggest 'pride', 'slay', or 'cue'?
Jun 14th, 2011 at 07:31 GMT
Some others with dialect issues (I'm from the northwestern US): I'd pronounce I'll like all/awl, and ewe (like 'ooh') differently than you (which would sound like 'yewe'). Might want to find a dictionary of homophones and specify a source, just so there's some authority...
Jun 14th, 2011 at 15:13 GMT
Very nice ... I could have used more time.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 16:03 GMT
I didnt do as well as I would have liked but definitely enjoyed it. Good job.
Jun 14th, 2011 at 18:54 GMT
I forgot about Q, cue & queue after I made the quiz! Our UK friends would have enjoyed that one I think :)
Jun 14th, 2011 at 20:09 GMT
How can you make a serious quiz with "d'oh" as an answer?
Jun 14th, 2011 at 20:43 GMT
cute quiz. everything was a homophone for me except air/err. i say air like the letter "a"-ur and err like "eh-ur."
Jun 14th, 2011 at 22:56 GMT
I pronounce new, gnu, knew and the Greek letter nu (which was left off this quiz) all the same way- with the j glide. Also, another vote for an extra minute.
Jun 15th, 2011 at 06:53 GMT
Isn't cease (as in cease and desist) a homophone for sees as well?
Jun 15th, 2011 at 08:43 GMT
@sluh138 D'oh is actually listed as a legitimate word in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Jun 15th, 2011 at 10:53 GMT
Yeah, I think it just became official either this year, or the year before!
Jun 15th, 2011 at 14:45 GMT
Can you add "awe" as a bonus for "or"? If you imagine certain voices (think English accents), they sound identical. Excellent quiz!
Jun 15th, 2011 at 15:30 GMT
In the same sense as above, paw is said like pour/poor/pore in Britain
Jun 15th, 2011 at 19:29 GMT
Err as a mistake is pronounced "er", if you pronounce it correctly. It is a huge pet peeve of mine when a speaker mispronounces it "air." That an combined with all of the "homophones" that are dialect dependent earn you one globe.
Jun 15th, 2011 at 19:49 GMT
Lovely quiz; and well done for making it comparitively dialect-independent! // To round up some of what other commenters have said: afaics, the ones which don’t work in British and some Commonwealth accents are do/dew/due (dew = due = /dju/, do = /du/) and peddle/petal/pedal (peddle = pedal = /pɛdəl/, petal = /pɛtəl/). Maybe add a note in the instructions that a few answers only work in standard US accents? or replace with something else universal? // Also, perhaps add bonuses for the extra ones which work in non-rhotic accents (Brit, Bostonian, etc.): paw (= pore etc.), awe (= ore etc.), yaw (= your). // Also, pronouncing ‘err’ like ‘air’ is somewhat uncommon (online dictionaries support this, eg Wiktionary, www.oed.com); maybe demote it to a “variant” bonus, like ‘leas’?
Jun 15th, 2011 at 20:05 GMT
Being a Scot a large proportion of these are not homophones for me. E.g. wear/where, their/there/they're, or/ore, do/dew, pore/poor. Interesting idea nonetheless.
Jun 15th, 2011 at 22:30 GMT
good idea and fun quiz, but like others have said "pedal/petal" are different, "due" and "dew" are homophones but they're not the same as "do", "awe" and "paw" should be on there. Also, is "thru" really a word?
Jun 15th, 2011 at 23:13 GMT
Petal does not sound like pedal to me but it could just be were I live.
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Jun 16th, 2011 at 20:57 GMT
Sorry, but you're is not a homophone of your. That is a mistake may people make in speaking and writing.
Jun 16th, 2011 at 21:02 GMT
I agree with some other comments on regional pronunciations. I pronounce "err" and "air" differently; also "poor" and "pore," to mention a couple. Also, "carat" and "karat" are not variants of the same word. "Carat" is a measure of gemstone size (weight), like diamonds, and "karat" is a measure of the purity of gold. I think they should be two separate answers.
Jun 16th, 2011 at 21:21 GMT
Thanks again for all the comments. I didn't want to make the quiz too too technical. I tried to make this for the average user. Even in English class, we've learned that 'their' 'they're' and 'there' are homophones. To leave that one out seems a bit too specific. And those damn crossword puzzles have led me to believe that 'carat' and 'karat' can be used interchangeably :)
Jun 17th, 2011 at 10:41 GMT
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Jun 17th, 2011 at 22:55 GMT
Great quiz, had such fun! One suggestion though, couldn't "wrote" be a possible answer for "road"?
Jun 18th, 2011 at 14:14 GMT
for 'pore' i woudl include 'paw' as in animal foot for one of the homophones
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