Confusing Words from Hail to Hart

Do you have hair or hare growing on your head? Would your bathroom be down the hall or down the haul? Is your shirt placed on a hangar or on a hanger before you put it in the closet? Does a hart or a heart beat in your chest?

hail, pixabay

hail, pixabay

hail, hale
As a verb, hail means to greet or welcome. As a noun, hail is showery precipitation in the form of irregular pellets or balls of ice more than 1/5 (0.2) inch (5 mm) in diameter, falling from a cumulonimbus cloud.
The pounding hail dented the new cars in the lot.
Hale is an adjective that means free from disease or infirmity. As a verb, hale means to compel (someone) to go.
Having been a hale individual for the majority of his life, Ted lost his will to live after a car wreck took the use of his legs away from him.

European hare, wikimedia commons

European hare, wikimedia commons

hair, hare
Hair is the slender threadlike outgrowth of the epidermis of a human or animal. Those with thick hair have more of these outgrowths than those with thin hair. Those who are naturally bald lack these outgrowths.
Samson was forbidden by God to cut his hair.
A hare is a rabbit-like animal, but it has longer ears and legs. It lives in shallow nests.
My husband brought home a baby hare that he caught on the airfield.

an orange sliced in half, wikimedia commons

an orange sliced in half, wikimedia commons

half, halve
A half is either of two equal or corresponding parts that together comprise a whole
Melody gave half of her chocolate bar to her best friend.
To halve is to divide into two equal parts.
Would you be willing to halve your rations with a stranger?

creepy hall, flickr

creepy hall, flickr

hall, haul
A hall is a corridor or passageway. It is also a large room, such as the dining room in a school or college.
Megan spent part of her day clearing the clutter out of the hall.
To haul is to pull or draw with force or to drag. It also means to transport by truck.
Truck drivers haul food to grocery stores all over this nation.

halo over tree, wikimedia commons

halo over tree, wikimedia commons

hallow, halo
When you hallow something, you make it holy.
The minister prayed over the water to hallow it.
A halo is a geometric shape, usually in the form of a disk, circle, ring, or rayed structure, traditionally representing a radiant light around or above the head of a divine or sacred personage, an ancient or medieval monarch, etc. It is also called a nimbus.
In the portrait of her family, a halo was placed around the grandmother.

Teuge hangar, wikimedia commons

Teuge hangar, wikimedia commons

hangar, hanger
A hangar is a large workshop or building for storing and maintaining aircraft.
The hangar was large enough for half a dozen small airplanes.
A hanger is any support, such as a hook, strap, peg, or loop, on or by which something may be hung.
She bought an assortment of hangers for her clothes.

hart, pixabay

hart, pixabay

hart, heart
A hart is the male of the deer, esp. the red deer aged five years or more.
The hart that frequents our yard has an impressive set of antlers.
A heart is the hollow muscular organ in vertebrates whose contractions propel the blood through the circulatory system.
The hunter shot an arrow through the heart of the hart.

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