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What is the difference between Earn and Urn?

Asked by R. Jones, Last updated: Dec 18, 2019

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G. Jabez

G. Jabez

Answered Nov 26, 2019

Some may get confused with earn and urn because they sound the same. These two words may be considered as homonyms, but their meanings are completely different. Earn means “to gain.” For example, you may say, “I need to work in order to earn money.”

If this would be translated, this means that you will gain money when you work. The urn is a type of container that may contain various things, but most of the time, ashes are placed inside the urn, especially after cremation.

The urn is used in lieu of the casket, which a lot of people prefer depending on their beliefs. These two words should not be interchanged with each other because of their very different meanings.

 

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Chris Evins, College Student, Schooling, Wolverhampton

Answered Oct 03, 2019

Earn and urn are entirely two different words that sound the same (homophones) and they have different meaning. The word “earn” originated from an old English word. It means to gain success or reward through applied effort. It also refers to the payment received for work done. On the other hand, the word “urn” originated from a Latin word known as “urna” which means a jar or vessel made from clay, vessel for the dead or water jar.

An urn is a tall vase with a footed base. It is often made of metal. It can used to serve many purpose such as serving tea or coffee, a receptacle for flower, a vessel for the ashes or cremains of a deceased person and as a contain for liquids.

 

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