Two weeks ago I published a post on the homophones nigh and nye. A nye is a flock or brood of pheasants, which leads me to this week’s sometimes confused words: peasant and pheasant. I presume this is often a spelling error rather than real confusion on the part of the writer (especially as peasant and pheasant are not homophones).
- a poor agricultural worker of low social status or class
- an ignorant, rude, uncouth, unsophisticated or uncultured person
- a long-tailed game bird originally native to Asia
My tip: a peasant is a person.