Sexy Birthday Homonyms: lightning & lightening
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It’s week three of the Sexy Grammarian’s birthday month of homonyms. My sexy example sentences guarantee you will never use the wrong word again! Here’s today’s:
Lightning is a noun, a brilliant electric spark in the atmosphere, as in:
The idea hit her like lightning, and she dropped to her knees, smiling.
Lightening is the past participle or gerund form of the verb to lighten, to make brighter, as in:
They made love all night, and when the sky began lightening, they fell asleep, entwined.
What is a homonym? Generally speaking, homonyms are any words that sound the same but have different meanings. Read more about homonyms, homophones, and homographs on Wikipedia, and check out this exhaustive homonym list.