Monday, August 22, 2016

Sound and Sense, 79

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.

1. genes (noun): pl. of gene, a part of a cell that controls or influences the appearance, growth, etc. of a living thing
2. jeans (noun): pants made of jean (a durable twirled cotton cloth) or denim—usu. used in the plural

“Because of her impressive genes
She looked impressive in her jeans.”

Now this was said by several Genes
About some women (all were Jeans).

It is no puzzle what it means.
Although I fear that it demeans

A woman dressed in denim pants,
Who hates the dude who looks and pants.

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