Words That Change Meaning With One Letter

Vocabulary aficionados can appreciate the multitude of extra terms that come from a single change.

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By Laura Hale BrockwayJuly 28, 2016
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We came up with rather a few simple word pairs, such as cat/bat; rate/date; purr/pure. But the game made me wonder around longer word pairs and also just how the one-letter difference readjusted the interpretations in exciting means.

After a number of searcs with digital dictionaries, Scrabble dictionaries, blogs, and an short article from Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics,* here is a list of such words.

• Abide/abode

• Absorption/adsorption

• Accent /accept

• Befuddle/bemuddle

• Coal/coax

• Claimed/clammed

• Fabled/failed

• Foster/zoster

• Grate/irate

• Hiss/ kiss

• Incommutable/incomputable

• Installation/ instillation

• Jilt/kilt

• Land/ laud

• Loft/lout


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