Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Sound and Sense, 39

We’re moving next to the homophone: a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air. So … contronyms are words that have contradictory meanings (sanctiion = approve and disapprove; homophones sound alike but to not mean the same—and often are not spelled the same, either.

bear (noun): you know, like Smokey? And Yogi? (verb): to accept or endure (something)
bare (adj.): not having a covering; not covered by clothing, shoes, a hat, etc.

The grizzly bear could hardly bear
To see the bare guy standing there.
But he’d be happy (this his hunch)
When he ate Bare Guy for his lunch.
It was, of lunches, just the best—
There were no blue jeans to digest.
He went to Starbucks, got a frappe,
And then lay down and took a nap.

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