Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sound and Sense, 47

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.

cord (noun): a long, thin material that is usually thicker than a string but thinner than a rope
chord (noun): three or more musical tones sounded simultaneously
cored (verb): to removed a core from (a fruit)

The psycho thought he’d try a cord
To choke his victim out that day,
But he was feeling somewhat bored,
And thought he’d make a different play.

Then in his mind he heard a chord
A dark and eerie one, I’ll bet.
Selecting his most sharp-edged sword,
He stalked his victim (dude named Rhett).

He caught his prey (an evil man),
And soon that evil man was gored—
In fact, the cops could see the plan:
Yes, Rhett (like apples) had been cored.

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