Monday, October 31, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-61

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. meeting (noun): a gathering of people for a particular purpose; a situation or occasion when two people see and talk to each other;  (verb): pres. part. form of meet = to gather, etc.
2. meting (verb): pres. part. form of mete = to give out by measure (dole); (noun): boundary

There at the meeting house we saw
A lot of people—what a range
Of age and gender … somewhat strange:
For they were meeting in the raw.

The cops arrived, were meting out
Some punishment for nudity.
We stuck around so we could see
What this commotion was about.

Okay, and seeing naked folks
Of such a wide variety.
In ways it seemed and felt to me
Like breaking eggs—and seeing yolks.

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