Allowed - aloud

From Hull AWE
Jump to: navigation, search

Allowed and aloud are two words that sound exactly the same, IPA: /ə ˈlaʊd/. Their different meanings are shown in their different spellings. (They are homophones.)

  • aloud is an adverb connected with 'loud'. It means "with a voice that can be heard", and it is used with such verbs as 'to read' and 'to think', where it is the opposite of 'quietly'. A teacher might read aloud to a class, particularly in a primary school. Students, like all readers, should not read aloud in Libraries.

There is a newspaper cartoon showing a notice beside a river saying "No fishing aloud." The joke here is that the person who put the sign up has made a mistake. The correct form should be (and often is, in real life) "No fishing allowed." To add to the joke, of course, fishermen - like librarians - do not like noise. They should fish silently, not 'aloud.'

The then Poet Laureate Robert Bridges pointed out these homophones in his List VII of category: Bridges homophones.