Thursday, January 12, 2012

Quick Correction: An Altar to Homophones


Quick lesson: Grammar is full of fun and interesting things. One of those crazy, cool, interesting things is called a 'Homophone'. A homophone is not a phone that likes other phones, it describes a set of words that sound exactly alike yet mean different things.

Examples:

  • Pause | Paws
  • Flea | Flee
  • Rack | Wrack
  • Wear | Where
Get it? 

Here's where it gets FUN! 

In the pagan community, our delightful group of folks that loves to correct and re-correct and prove wrong and disprove the proving wrong and point fingers (basically we all like to be really, really RIGHT) I cannot HELP but knock my head against a wall every time I see the following:

The alter to my deity...

or

We prayed at the alter.

Or... Something like that. Folks, your friendly neighborhood Rioter is here to inform and enlighten. So, I'd like to inform you...

THE WORD IS ALTAR! AL-TAR. WITH AN -AR! NOT ALTER. ALTAR. YOU ALTER A DRESS. YOU PRAY AT AN ALTAR!

I hope we've all learned something today. 

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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  2. Thank You...Thank you...Thank you!!!

    Whenever I see someone posting pictures of their 'alter' or talking about the significance of their 'alter', I want to take away their Pagan membership card and shoot them in the face with my virtual bazooka.

    I know this is my own personal pet peeve, but if you are going to shout from the rooftops that you are a Pagan, there is no excuse to not know the difference between alter and altar.

    Sigh....

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  3. I want to click "Smart" and "Right" on this a million times. I think I'm developing an eye twitch every time I see that alter/ altar mix-up.

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  4. And The Screw Ups aren't just on 'Alter'! People have a 'Right Button' Spell Checker! They seem to be PROUD of being STUPID! I TRY to be understanding... But I Have A Low Stupid Threshold!
    Thank You So Much!

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  5. Unless you live in Maine. Up here we pray at an altah...

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  6. If they post pictures of the their 'alter', does that mean they have multiple personalities?

    At least they don't prey at the alter. ;-)

    FFF,
    ~Muninn's Kiss

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    1. I always say, "You can alter your altar, but you can't altar your alter...unless your alternative personality believes it's a god."

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  7. A lot of Pagans are gifted at spells, but horrid spellers. LOL I have a friend who is so terribly stricken in this area that I don't bother to correct her anymore. I call her version of English "Faerie-Speak".

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  8. Thank the Goddess that other people care about spelling and grammar. I was beginning to think it was only me.

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