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Do you know what CAPITONYMS are?

Do you know what CAPITONYMS are?

Capitonyms are words which are spelt the same but have different meaning when one is capitalised:

For example: polish and Polish – “one being to rub something using a piece of cloth or brush to clean and make it shine” (Cambridge Dictionary): the other is a native of the native of Poland.

Also reading and Reading - one being “the act or skill of getting information from books” (Cambridge Dictionary). The other (for those familiar with English Geography and English football!) is a large town in South East England.

Try also:

august & August/ turkey & Turkey / earth / Earth, and for English scholars amongst us, hamlet / Hamlet

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