Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-24

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. genes (noun): plural of gene—a part of a cell that controls or influences the appearance, growth, etc., of a living thing
2. jeans (noun): plural of jean—a durable twilled cotton cloth used especially for sportswear and work clothes; pants usually made of jean or denim—usually used in the plural

She seemed to have the sort of genes
That made her look so good in jeans.

But she grew tired of men who stared—
She would have slapped them, had she dared—

Or blasted all to smithereens—
Employing help from several Jeans

She knew from work. But she just sighed,
Ignoring men (she wished they’d died!)

Who thought they had the right to stare,
Those men who’d never have a prayer

With her.

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