So by who and how with only twenty six letters did the English language become so warped and twisted around itself...
With so many words sounding exactly the same yet spelled differently with totally different meanings...
And so many other words that sound exactly the same because they are spelled exactly the same yet with totally different meanings...
Its probably because we debased and ripped off and bastardized so many other words from other peoples from other countries and claimed them as our own...
Someone from another country trying to lean the English language must want to tear their hair out from frustration caused by...
Witch wich is which and won and one and to and too and two and vane and vein and vain and in and inn and there and their and they're ect ect ect...
Like wow damn for crying out loud even trying to find the words to explain and understand the explanations is insanity inducing...
Quote: In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and pronunciation but have different meanings. Thus homonyms are simultaneously homographs (words that share the same spelling, regardless of their pronunciation) and homophones (words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of their spelling). The state of being a homonym is called homonymy.
Examples of homonyms are the pair stalk (part of a plant) and stalk (follow/harass a person) and the pair left (past tense of leave) and left (opposite of right). A distinction is sometimes made between "true" homonyms, which are unrelated in origin, such as skate (glide on ice) and skate (the fish), and polysemous homonyms, or polysemes, which have a shared origin, such as mouth (of a river) and mouth (of an animal).
In non-technical contexts, the term "homonym" may be used (somewhat confusingly) to refer to words that are either homographs or homophones. In this looser sense, the word row (propel with oars) and row (argument) and row (a linear arrangement of seating) are considered homonyms, while the words read (peruse) and reed (waterside plant) would be considered homophones.
There are more examples than this following head bending list is showing us and telling us...
Like for instance theres only two words listed for vein (vain and vein) when theres clearly a third word as in (weather) vane...
But anyways heres many but not all of the English words that sound the same but are spelled differently and have different meanings...
Word List : Homonyms > http://www.abcteach.com/free/l/list_homonyms.pdf