Son - sun

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Beware the homophones son and sun (both rhyme with 'one' and 'won', IPA: /sʌn/).

  • A son is a male child.
  • The sun is the star at the centre of the solar system, the heavenly body that appears to shine during our days.
The two homophones have produced many puns in writing, perhaps most famously in Shakespeare's Richard III where the eponymous hero, still only the Duke of Gloucester, says:
Now is the winter of our discontent
Made glorious summer by this sun of York

where the image of the [political] climate and seasons is underlined by the mention of the sun - which was the badge adopted by Edward IV, the then Yorkist king, who happened to be the son and heir of Richard Duke of York (1411-1460) - as well as the elder brother of the jealous Duke of Gloucester.

In Christian religion, The Son is the second Person of the Trinity, or God (who is explained as three facets of the one Being). The Son is Jesus Christ, who is said to have been "conceived of the Holy Ghost", and who prayed to his Father, i.e. God the Father.