Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-64

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. mince (verb): to cut (food) into very small pieces; to walk with quick, short steps in a way that does not seem natural and that is often meant to be funny; (noun): small chops's bits (as of food); to make coins
2. mints (noun): plural of mint—any of a family of aromatic plants; a confection flavored with mint; a place where coins, medals, or tokes are made; a vast sum or amount

He isn’t one his words to mince
He speaks his mind, his true intents.
(He doesn’t really have much sense.)

His favorite candy? Always mints.
His favorite place to rob? The mints.
His favorite plant? Of course—the mints.

And when he walks, his steps he’ll mince
And many friendships thus prevents.
He has no job—no dollars, cents.

His problems? Well, he circumvents.
(He is, I’ve said, a little dense.)
But I’ve just learned: He is a prince!

And so he is what he appeared—
A little strange—not to be feared.
For royalty can be all weird!

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