fie, phi

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

The answer is simple: fie, phi are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: interjection

    Used to express distaste or disapproval.

  1. :: noun

    The 21st letter of the Greek alphabet. See Table at alphabet.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition and Wordnik.

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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").