Monday, November 21, 2016

Sound & Sense, 2-81

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. nay (noun): a no vote; (adverb): no; used to correct what you have said by replacing a word with one that is more accurate or appropriate
2. neigh (verb): of a horse: to make a loud, long sound; (noun): the sound of a horse

'Twas time to vote. His vote was Nay!
The simple bill passed anyway—
A bill to buy the steeds some hay.

The horses wished to cry “Hooray!”
But all they knew to do was neigh.
So neigh they did, all night, all day.

The man who voted nay, nay, nay
Was such a massive jerk—well, nay,
He was a creep! No more to say.

Or neigh.

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