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Difference Between Lye and Lie

Lye vs Lie

There are several words in the English language that sound the same when spoken but actually have different spellings and meanings. Some people may get confused as to which one to use as they are uttered in the same manner.

Take the words “lye” and “lie,” for example. Two words which when spoken sound exactly the same but their difference shows when they are written down. Not only do they have different spellings, they have very different meanings.

“Lye” is a term that is used to refer to sodium hydroxide or caustic soda and potassium hydroxide. Both are corrosive alkaline substances which were initially derived from leaching the ashes of hardwood which are processed into chemicals used in household products such as cleaners and soaps. It is also used in the manufacture of paper, sodium compounds, and aluminium. Care should be taken when working with lye as it can be hazardous and cause burns and blindness as well being harmful when swallowed.

It is also used in food production and preparation, and it must pass the requirements of the Food Chemicals Codex (FCC). Food grade lye is used in the manufacture of pretzels, century eggs, and in curing food. The word “lye” comes from the Old English word “leag” which comes from the Proto-Indo-European root word “lou” meaning “to wash.” Its first known use in the English language was before the 12th century.

The word “lie,” on the other hand, is a term that is used as a noun and a verb. As a verb it can mean two things; to be located at a specific place or the act of giving out false statements. As a noun it is used to refer to the untrue statement.

Examples are the following sentences:
Her house lies between our house and the cemetery. (verb)
He made it sound true, but we all know that it is a lie. (noun)
The fear that she will leave him made him lie to her about his real status. (verb)

The word “lie” comes from two different sources. One comes from the Old English word “ligan” or “leogan” which are from the Proto-Indo-European base word “leagh” meaning “to tell a lie.” The other one comes from the Old English word “licgan” which is derived from the Proto-Indo-European base word “legh” from the Greek “lekhesthai” meaning “to lie down” and Latin “lectus” meaning “bed.”

Summary:

1.“Lye” is a word used to refer to sodium hydroxide or caustic soda and potassium hydroxide while “lie” is a word that is used either as a noun or a verb in a sentence.
2.Lye is a substance that is used in the manufacture of household items and food products while lie is the act of giving out false statements or to refer to a certain location.
3.Both words have a Proto-Indo-European base while the word “lye” comes from the Old English word “leag” (to wash), and the word “lie” comes from the Old English words “ligan,” “leogan” (to tell a lie), or “licgan” (to lie down).


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