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Last Updated: 2011 02 10

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bow [s][ed][ing] bow, cow, wow v. bend in repsect or prayer
bow [s] bo, beau n. type of decorative knot
bow [s] bo, beau n. weapon - 'bow and arrow'
bow [s][ed][ing] bo, beau v./adj. bend or bent from straight line

collect kuh-LEKT gather, assemble, receive
collect KAH-lekt prayer in liturgical worship

does doze sleep lightly
does doze more than one female deer
does duz form of verb 'to do'

either EE-thzer positive options
either EYE-thzer n. kind of sandwich from Mediterranean areas

gyro JYE row n. colloq. gyroscope
gyro hero n. kind of sandwich from Mediterranean areas

moped moe - pedd small motorbike
moped doped, roped sulked about

neither NEE-thzer negative options
neither NYE-thzer sulked about

pate pate [like ate] top of head as in a bald pate
pate pah TAY speadable foodstuff, usually liver or fish

pecan puh-cahn n. nut
pecan pee-kan verb: make flawless ir complete

perfect PURR fikt adj. ideal, flawless, complete
perfect purr FEKT verb: make flawless ir complete

praline PRAH-leen a sugar confection; regional pronunciation
praline PRAY-leen a sugar confection; regional pronunciation

pussy pooss-ee cat, kitten - u sounds as in look or book
pussy PUS ee filled with pus, infected - u sounds as in luck

reprise ree PRIZE do or play again - sound variant
reprise ree PREEZ do or play again - sound variant

resume ree ZOOM v. contiue following interval
resume Rezz you MAY n. personal history or c.v. usually to gain employment

sewer [s] soor, sue-er drainage conduit or system
sewer [s] so-were one or thing which sews or stitches

sheik [s] shEEK eastern potentate - pronunciation varies
sheik [s] shAKE eastern potentate - pronunciation varies

slough sluff cast off husk or skin
slough sl-OW! [hurt] depression, pit
slough slue bog or swamp

tear teer, tier water from the eye
tear tare, tair rip

tomato toe-MAY-toe common fruit
tomato toe-MAH-toe rip

turbine TERB - in a machine - pronunciation varies with individuals
turbine ter - BINE a machine - pronunciation varies with individuals

viola vee-OLE-uh musical instrument of violin family
viola VYE-ole-uh flowering plant includes violet & pansy

wind bind, kind turn crank to 'wind up'; wind a watch
wind winnd the wind blows whither it will

winds binds turns crank to 'wind up'; wind a watch
winds winnds the winds blow whither they will

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