Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-32

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.

lase (verb): to emit coherent light (back-formation from laser)
laze (verb): to spend time relaxing
lays (verb): 3rd person singular of lay—to place or set something down; (noun): plural of lay—a simple narrative poem; melody, song (etc.)
leis (noun): plural of lei—a necklace of flowers that is given to a visitor in Hawaii
leys or leas (noun): plural of lea—grassland, pasture

He like to laze around the leas
Throughout the county’s countryside.
He knew that he would get no leis
Hawaii, where he’d met his bride,

Was far away. Her eyes could lase
Right through his rank and rotten soul,
And many sad and ancient lays
Have told about the tragic toll

Of inattentive men who lost
Their lovers by neglect. 
Oh, love ignored can have a cost--
A man must be more circumspect. 

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