Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sound and Sense, 2-75

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. moat (noun): a deep, wide ditch that is usually filled with water and that goes around the walls of a place, such as a castle, to protect it from being attacked
2. mote (noun): a very small piece of dust, dirt, etc.

The King was feeling insecure,
And so he built a moat.
But he ignored an enemy—
A super-powered goat.

The goat just drank the whole thing down—
The troops then swarmed inside.
They caught the King, who’d been online
And had nowhere to hide.

They took him to the chopping block—
He saw the axe, the guy.
He cried aloud: “Just wait a sec!
A mote is in my eye!”

That didn’t work, I’m sad to say—
So bid the King farewell.
He’ll join the Headless Horseman—and
Such grisly tales they’ll tell!

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