Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Idem Sonans Definition and Meaning

Definition and Meaning of Idem Sonans

Idem sonans is a legal doctrine that states a person's identity is presumed to be known despite the misspelling of his or her name. 

The presumption lies in the similarity between the Phonology (sounds) of the correct name and the name as written. Such similar-sounding words are called a homonym, while similar-sounding phrases or names would be known as a holorime.

In Latin, idem sonans means "Sounding the same."

i.e. Compare Seagrave with Segrave. Both sound the same, but are spelled differently.

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