The words pend, penned sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do pend, penned sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: pend, penned are homophones of the English language.
To pen; to confine.
Simple past tense and past participle of pen.
winged; having plumes
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Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.