Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sound & Sense, 2-80

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. mustard (noun): a thick and spicy yellow or brownish-yellow sauce that is usually eaten with meat; a plant with yellow flowers; a brownish-yellow color
2. mustered (verb; past tense of muster): to work hard to find or get (courage, support, etc.); to gather together (a group of people, soldiers, etc.) especially for battle or war

The men were mustered—questioned why
That late the night before someone
Had sneaked into the kitchen (sly!)
And stole the mustard jars—each one.

The Colonel loved his mustard, so
He was, of course, upset a bit.
The brig was where the thief would go—
And then a noose (just think of it!).

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