The focus of today’s post is words that can be confused with each other. «Слова» [pl. words] that seem to be «однакові» [the same] but really are «різні» [different]. In linguistic terms, these words are defined as «омоніми» [homonyms].
Many, if not all, languages have homonyms. Ukrainian is no exception. It might make things confusing even for someone advanced in the language when you see a word like ручка and don’t know if this time it means a handle or a pen. I’ll give you some examples of Ukrainian homonyms.
1. Метелик —bow-tie; butterfly.
2. Пара – couple; steam.
3. Місяць – the moon, month.
4. Блискавка – lightning; zipper.
5. Люлька – tobacco pipe; cradle.
6. Ручка – pen; hand.
7. Замок – castle; замок – door lock, padlock.
8. Кран – tap; crane.
9. Коса – braid; scythe.
10. Оселедець – herring; top knot, a hairstyle favored by Ukrainian Cossacks.
This is a list of some of the most common homonyms in the Ukrainian language – feel free to add more to it in the comments!
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