Saturday, March 16, 2019

Weekend Mini-Challenge: Homographic Fun


Hola, dear Toads (and other word-loving creatures with deliciously charming smiles). Today, I invite you to play with homographs, or words which share the same spelling but have rather different meanings. Yes, Im referring to words like gay and just and park and “Engage thrusters, Mr. Zulu.” Sorry, my Star Trek reruns binging is starting to show *cough*.

For this weekend mini-challenge, write a new poem that includes one homograph (or more), and (1) use at least two of the homograph’s meanings in your poem (as in “her lips were too close to my mouth for me to close the door in her face without knocking out my teeth”); or (2) use the homograph in your poem in a way which allows two of its meanings to apply (as in “I wish to be close enough to her to kiss her lips without violating her sensibilities or the laws of physics”).

The cloud below includes a bunch of homographs to choose from. You can find more here.



Please add the direct link to your poem to Mr. Linky. Visit other Toads. And have fun, fun, fun with words.

13 comments:

Magaly Guerrero said...

So, let's get poetically homographic.

Kim Russell said...

I had some fun with this prompt, Magaly! Thank you! My 86-tear-old father-in-law is very poorly and my husband has been to visit him in hospital for the third time this week. his sister and her husband have come up from London and we are having dinner with them this evening, so I've linked up quickly and will be back in the morning to read and comment.

Kerry O'Connor said...

This got my creative juices flowing.. Thanks, Magaly. I may return to this word cloud again soon.

Susie Clevenger said...

Oh, I love this. I will be back later to read all the delightful homographics.

Carrie Van Horn said...

Awesome prompt Magaly! Can't wait to see what everyone has done with this. :-)

brudberg said...

Great thing... had some fun with this too.

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Kim, I hope things get better soon.

@Kerry, That's so good to hear! I want to do homophones and heteronym in April.

@Susie, Thank you!

@Carrie, I giggled my way through your intro.

@Bjorn, I've been having a blast reading them. Off to read your fun!

Jim said...

Homographics unlimited tonight!!! 'Fun, fun, fun, when Daddy took the dictionary away.' Fun - Enjoyment OR to make light of, i.e. to "belittle". Arguably Homographic? I enjoyed this writing exercise for Magaly, guru of words, and all, though perhaps some of the words I used were not Homographic.
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Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

It's definitely raining steadily here, but the rest of my scenario is imagined. I stumbled across the Monchielle form at Poetic Bloomings just before coming here, and the two combined ... successfully, I hope.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

PS 'obituary'??? You gotta be kidding! I couldn't find more than one meaning.

Magaly Guerrero said...

I’m very glad you enjoyed, Jim. 😊

Magaly Guerrero said...

@Rosemary, I really like to see combined prompts that are worked well. Can’t wait to read it!

According to the web, the actual announcement is one meaning. And the other is the book where the names of the departed is kept, especially in monasteries.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Ah, thank you.