Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-63

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. might (noun): power to do something; force or strength; (verbal auxiliary): used in auxiliary function to express permission, liberty, probability, possibility in the past, or a present condition contrary to fact, etc. (past of may)
2. mite (noun): any of numerous small acarid arachnids that often infest animals, plants, and stored foods and include important disease vectors; a small coin or some of money; a very little bit

He thought that he would use his might
To crush that noxious little mite
Whose goal if life was bite, bite, bite!

He might have had a better plan
Than smash himself (not bright was Dan).
He used a hammer. Now he can

Not think too well (he smashed his head)—
And people look at him with dread.
His wife confines him to the shed,

Where, sadly, there are many mites,
Against whom Dan has many fights
Right after he turns out the lights.

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