airing, erring

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

The answer is simple: airing, erring are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    the opening of a subject to widespread discussion and debate

  2. :: noun

    the act of supplying fresh air and getting rid of foul air

  3. :: noun

    a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air

  4. :: noun

    A <xref>public</xref> <xref>expression</xref> of an <xref>opinion</xref> or <xref>discussion</xref> of a <xref>subject</xref>.

  1. :: adjective

    capable of making an error

  2. :: verb

    Present participle of <xref>err</xref>.

  3. :: verb

    Present participle of <xref>er</xref>.

  4. :: adjective

    capable of making an error.

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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").