squaller, squalor

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

The answer is simple: squaller, squalor are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    One who squalls; a crier, complainer, or bad singer.

  1. :: noun

    A filthy and wretched condition or quality.

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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").