Feu - few - phew

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The homophones few and phew are not likely to be confused. They are pronounced the same way: IPA: /fju/.

Etymological note: OED (2005) says "Imitative, representing the action of puffing or blowing away with the lips."
  • There is also a third homophone, a legal term, more used in Scots than English law, but also by historians of all western European countries: feu. This is a form of, and cognate with, fee. It is a form of land-holding which gives rise to the word feudal. The feudal system was based on the obligations a tenant owed to the lord from whom he held the land in fee. Nowadays, feu duty is usually paid in money. (See further Feudal system).