aired, erred

The words aired, erred sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do aired, erred sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: aired, erred are homophones of the English language.

aired
  1. :: adjective

    open to or abounding in fresh air

  2. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of <xref>air</xref>.

  3. :: adjective

    made public by radio or television.

  4. :: adjective

    abounding in fresh air.

erred
  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of <xref>err</xref>.

  2. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of <xref>er</xref>.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").