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Ho vs Hoe


Ho vs Hoe. The gardener got the old heave-ho when his hoe slipped out of his hands and broke a window. Give your writing errors the old heave-ho with ErrNET!

Ho as an interjection is used as a call to attract attention.
Ho as a noun (informal) is a derogatory term for a woman; short for a prostitute or whore; an alternate spelling for “hoe”.

Hoe as a noun is a long-handled gardening tool with a thin metal blade, used mainly for weeding and breaking up soil.
Hoe as a verb is to use a hoe to dig (earth) or thin out or dig up (plants).

Ho and hoe are types of homonyms called heterographs, which are words that are pronounced the same but have different meanings and spellings. These words can get confused and misused in English writing. Give your writing errors the old “heave-ho” with ErrNET proofreading technology!

Ho sentence examples:

“You dirty little ho,” facetiously said one girlfriend to the other.

He joked with his wife and said to her “honey, if you don’t start putting out more, then I’m going to go hire me a ho.”

“Don’t you ever call me a ho again,” said the angry girl to her boyfriend.

“Hey there, hi there, ho there, you’re as welcome as can be,” was part of the lyrics to the Mickey Mouse Club March song.

Oh my god, I can’t believe that my boss just gave me the heave-ho.

“Heave-ho” grunted the railroad workers in unison as they pounded the iron stakes into the ground as they built the new tracks.

Hoe sentence examples:

The gardener’s shovel broke so he ended up using his hoe to dig the rest of the hole.

You are going to need to hoe this dirt before you plant seeds for the vegetable garden.

The rusty head of the hoe snapped off when it hit the dirt.

Next time I use the hoe I will wear gloves because its wood handle gave me several splinters.

A hoe works much better for breaking up dirt than a shovel.


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