Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled. The words board, bored sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do board, bored sound the same even though they are completely different words? The answer is simple: board, bored are homophones of the English language. This also causes a lot of confusion in young and beginner English writers who mistake one word for the other. Consider the following sentences;
Bore originated in mid-18th century (as a verb): of unknown origin. Board originated from Old English bord, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch boord and German Bort ; reinforced in Middle English by Old French bort ‘edge, ship's side’ and Old Norse borth ‘board, table’.
Board as noun:
He sits on the board of directors.
Bored as adjective:
Large-bored guns are easier to target.
Bored as verb:
Bore a hole in the wall to pass the cable through.
She is too polite to bore us with anecdotes.
The board of Aer Lingus urged the Irish government on Friday to support a takeover bid by the parent of British Airways, saying the offer will accelerate the Irish airline’s growth plans and enhance Ireland’s position as hub for trans-Atlantic travel. [The New York Times]
The gallery, 17 metres (56 feet) below the surface and reachable via a spiral staircase bored into sandstone, houses more than 2,000 pieces from Walsh’s personal collection, including works by renowned artists such as Damien Hirst and Jean-Michel Basquiat. [Reuters India]
Bored or board:
A board is a planed piece of wood, a ruling body for some organizations, or a verb that means to get in or on a form of transportation, such as a plane or ship. It also has varied other definitions. The homonym bored is an adjective that means to feel restless or antsy as a result of lack of activity or interest in current activity.