Lie - lye

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Lie and lye form one of the sets of homophones listed by the then Poet Laureate Robert Bridges.
(For more, see Bridges homophones). AWE has a category listing our articles on each of these. Do not confuse them.

  • Most modern writers will only ever need lie.
  • Lye is a term in Chemistry, which is obsolescent nowadays in the academic subject - although the term is still used in industrial food preparation, and in detergent manufacture. Lye is an alkaline substance, usually 'caustic soda', or sodium hydroxide, with the formula NaOH.