Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-69

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. minks (noun—plural of mink): a small animal that has a thin body and soft, dark brown fur; the skin and fur of a mink used for making clothing; a piece of clothing (such as a coat) made of mink
2. minx (noun): a sexually attractive and playful woman who often causes trouble (not PC! Dates to 16th century; origin unknown.)

If you call a woman “minx,”
You’d better pony up for minks.
A word like that just really stinks
With anyone who loves and thinks.

So if you say it, minks must die—
To make a stole (you stupid guy!).
Of course, to think that this will fly

Is just another way to be
So very thoughtless, un-PC.

Don’t be a nut: Keep your mouth shut!

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