Daily Archives: October 30, 2009

"Lumber" or "lumbar"

You know what I like about English? You could confuse others with homophones especially in the written form. Homophones are words that are spelt differently, but pronounced in the same way. Two of such words are “lumber” and “lumbar“.

lumber (n.) = wood that has been roughly cutĀ up, or has been cut into planks or boards

lumbar (adj.) = referring to the lower back of your body


  • The house is made of hard lumber so that it lasts a long time.
  • Get a chair with good lumbar support to avoid severe backaches.

For a comprehensive list of homophones, click on this external website.