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Today we’re going to take a closer look at a group of words called “Homonyms”.
What are homonyms?
‘Homonyms’ are a group of words that share spelling and pronunciation, but have a different meaning.
‘To lean’ is a verb which means to bend from a vertical position, just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, but it can also be used as an adjective to describe a person who is really thin, or meat which contains very little fat. Let’s look at a couple of examples to make sure that we’ve understood the difference:
E.g. Don’t lean on that wall, it’s not safe!
E.g. H has a muscular, lean body because he’s always in the gym.
E.g. This meat is very lean, there’s hardly any fat on it.
The key to understanding this joke is the noun ‘spirit’. This word can mean either ghost or a hard type of alcohol, like whiskey and vodka. Here are a couple of clear examples:
E.g. I don’t think spirits really exist. Ghosts only live in scary stories and films.
E.g. Our bar serves a great variety of wines and spirits. Which one would you like to try?
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