This post is inspired by one of my favourite GIFs and probably the only part of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 I can actually remember: “Ahh! There’s a leek in the boat!”. I’ve spent more time rewatching that clip than I care to admit.
Leak and leek are, of course, homophones. The similar spelling means that they are frequently used in place of each other.
- a crack or hole that allows the accidental escape or entrance of liquid, gas, radiation, etc.; to allow the accidental escape or entrance of contents through a hole or crack
- the escaping or entering liquid, etc.
- a disclosure of secret information; to make secret information public
- an act or instance of leaking
- a plant of the onion family with a slender cylindrical white bulb and flat green overlapping leaves
My tip: leeks are green. And if you would like to describe something that resembles a leek, I have just the word: porraceous.
- Collins English Dictionary, 2009
- Oxford Dictionaries Online
3 thoughts on “‘Leak’ and ‘leek’”
I like the mnemonic! LEEks are grEEn. Next post? Mnemonic vs. pneumonic. Suggested due to my spellchecks struggle to spell mnemonic.
Thanks! That’s a brilliant suggestion – I will put it on my list.
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Looking forward to reading it!