Q: What term describes words like "I scream" and "ice cream"? "Some others" and "some mothers"?
A: Oronym. In the case of Toyota and toy Yoda, our brains are faced with oronyms - virtually identical speech that can be interpreted in different ways. English is full of these devilish duos. For example,
- I scream versus ice cream,
- a notion versus an ocean,
- some others versus some mothers