‘Tuba’ and ‘tuber’

Foodies, gardeners and musicians are probably well aware of the difference between a tuba and a tuber.


  • a large, low-pitched brass musical instrument with valves and a broad bell (that typically faces upwards)


  • a fleshy, thickened underground root or stem of a plant
  • a rounded swelling or protuberance

Accidentally writing about someone ‘playing a tuber’ would be unfortunate. My suggestion is to try to remember that a tuber grows underground.


3 thoughts on “‘Tuba’ and ‘tuber’

  1. Good way to remember. I wonder how many passages in books have been inadvertently ruined by descriptions of dinning on musical instruments or the poignant playing of a vegetable

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