Namesake is an adjective that allows to refer to two or more people or things that have the same name. The term comes from the Latin homonymus, which in turn has its origin in a Greek word.

Starting from this meaning, we also have to underline that homonym, therefore, acts as a synonym for namesake. Thus, both one term and the other are used to make it clear that there are two or more people who have a common link: they share the name.

NamesakeFor example: “The Argentine team River Plate will have to face its namesake from Uruguay”. This phrase refers to a hypothetical confrontation between the Club Atlético River Plate of Argentina, which is based in Buenos Aires, and the Club Atlético River Plate of Uruguay, based in Montevideo. Both clubs are homonyms as they share the same name.

Another example: “Foo Fighters has debuted with a self-titled album”. In this case, the American rock group Foo fighters christened his first album with the name of the band (“Foo Fighters”). The band and album in question are therefore homonyms.

In this sense, it must be said that in the world of cinema the term we are dealing with is used very frequently. Thus, when a story that has previously been raised in a literary work is brought to the big screen, it is said that the film is based on the novel of the same name. A clear example of this is the following: Tom Hanks stars in the film “The da Vinci code” which is the film adaptation of the homonymous book written in 2003 by the American Dan Brown.

The homonyms homographs they are words are written the same but they mean different things. “Don” is one of them. Can be used in sentences like “Don Carlos gave me ten pesos” or “Miguel does not have the gift of humility”.

The homonyms homophonesInstead, they are words that coincide from the phonological point of view and that may or may not be homograph: “Maria had an accident and will not be able to come to work”, “Maria hit herself with a pipe and will not be able to come to work”.

Homophony is, therefore, what determines that two homonymous words are pronounced the same but are written differently.

All this without forgetting that there is also dialect homophony. This occurs in certain corners of the Spanish geography and Latin America and occurs as a result of the people in those places carrying out actions such as lisp or lisp. Thus, for example, in some provinces of Andalusia “hunting” is pronounced both for the word hunting and for the word house.

The partial homonyms They are the words that differ both by their meaning and by their grammatical category, while absolute homonyms share a grammatical category but differ by their meaning.

Sometimes the homonymous term is often confused with the polysemic. But the differentiation is very clear. And it is that, while the homonymous words have a different etymological origin from each other, in the case of polysemic words, it must be emphasized that they have the same origin.