Sunday, November 13, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-72

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. mood (noun): a conscious state of mind or predominant emotion; a prevailing attitude
2. mooed (verb—past tense of moo): to make the throat noise of a cow

When Elsie mooed, well, Elmer knew
Exactly what he had to do:
He calmed her with his taurine skill—
And found for her a daffodil,

A flower Elmer knew she loved—
So with his horn that flower he shoved
Below her gorgeous bovine nose
And struck a studly, bullish pose.

The pose and gift—they fixed her mood,
Improved her general attitude.
Then Elmer, Elsie found a spot—
Where … should I say? … ’twas very hot!

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