Thursday, September 22, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-22

Time for more instances of the homophone: a word pronounced the same as another but differing in meaning, whether spelled the same way or not, as heir and air.

1. invade (verb):to enter a place (such as a foreign country) in order to take control by military force; to enter or be in a place where you are not wanted
2. inveighed (verb): past tense of inveigh—to protest or complain bitterly or vehemently

So while we heard how he inveighed
Against the Groundhog Day Parade
We kind of wished that he had stayed

At home. And here’s the thing he feared:
An alien would come (with beard
And goo and all). And we all jeered.

An alien invade! No way!
But then, of course, came Groundhog Day!
A craft swooped in, took Hog away.

We later learned their king had died—
There, hogs are king (hard to abide)—
So off he went—a saucer ride

To where he now would be the king—
With Queen and Prince and everything.
What shocks a Groundhog Day can bring! 

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