A visual exploration of words that look the same, sound the same, or are otherwise easily confused. Updated weakly, on Sundaes, through 2016.
I never would have thought of these two as homophones because they sound different enough in my mind. Though when I think about hearing them in the course of speech...well, I can hear the similarity.
Technically, lightning has two syllables and lightening has three. But, as you say, in the course of speech they're quite similar. And unfortunately I see "lightning" misspelled as "lightening" frequently. So, for me, it made the cut.
Google dictionary thinks differently.Lightning: The occurrence of a natural electrical discharge of very short duration and high voltage between a cloud and the ground or within a cloud, accompanied by a bright flash and typically also thunder.Lightening: A drop in the level of the uterus during the last weeks of pregnancy as the head of the fetus engages in the pelvis.Lighting: 1) Equipment in a home, workplace, studio, theater, or street for producing light. 2) The arrangement or effect of lights.So what is correct?
I know, I'm constantly mixing up thunderstorms with uterine anatomy.