a word that sounds the same but is spelled differently than the one that was intended to be written.
most common are:
"there" instead of "they're" or "their"
"your" instead of "you're"
"wait" instead of "weight"
e.g. "You're making me want to adopt a kid so that I can throw my wait around at there PTA meeting."
also, "no" instead of "know" and "aloud" instead of "allowed"
e.g. "ANYONE NO IF I'M ALOUD TO BRING MY VIDEO CAMERA INTO YANKEE STADIUM..."
recent favorite confusonym is: "highered" (opposite of lowered?) instead of "hired"
A word that is misspelled in a manner reflecting that the writer has confused its spelling with that of a homonym, i.e., another word that sounds the same. The greater the disparity between the spelling of the word intended and the spelling used, the better the confusonym.
In the sentence, "Anyone no if I'm aloud to bring my video camera into Yankee Stadium?," "no" and "aloud" are confusonyms for "know" and "allowed."
The use of confusonyms has become rampant with the advent of email, blogs, web-based social networks and other electronic forums because they ease the weigh for the less-attentive and less-educated two put, in writing, they're to scents inn.