Thursday, November 24, 2016

Sound & Sense, 2-84

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. gnu (noun): wildebeest
2. knew (verb—past tense of know): to perceive directly; to recognize, discern; to be aware of the truth or factuality of
3. new (adj.): not old; recently born, built, or created; not used by anyone else previously; recently bought, rented, etc.
4. nu (noun): the 13th letter of the Greek alphabet

While learning the Greek alphabet,
She most adored that letter nu.
(In fact, she later took a jet
To Greece—the kind of thing she’d do.)

She thought she’d stop in Africa—
It’s what she often did: She flew
To places that she loved. And the
Weird outcome here? She met a gnu.

And this was somewhat new for her—
An animal she learned to love,
A thing with horns and lots of fur.
(Oh, what was she then thinking of?!?!)

But we all knew it wouldn’t last:
Her love for nu, her love for gnu:
Those love affairs could both be classed
As very weird. And so we drew

Conclusions. And when she returned,
We nabbed her, grabbed her, took her to
A “special place”—a place she’d earned:
We knew about that nu and gnu!

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