Friday, October 7, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-37

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. liar (noun): a person who tells lies
2. lier (noun): one who lies down; one who stays in hiding
3. lyre (noun): a stringed instrument of the harp class having an approximately U-shaped frame and used by the ancient Greeks especially to accompany song and recitation

A liar? Oh, of course he was!
A lyre? He often played because,
A lier, what he often does

Is lie in bed and play that thing
And claim that he wrote everything
That anyone could ever sing.

So: Lier, liar, he played the lyre
Until his pants, which were on fire,
Consumed him. Then he was a dier.

(But not a Dyer.)

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