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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

A Pun! A Pun? My Kingdom for a Pun!

We all love puns ... those wonderfully witty plays on words.

So let's see how active your little grey cells are at the moment ... I've posted a list of homonyms from Alan Cooper's wonderful list below and your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to come up with some puns using some or all of the words listed.

Easy peasy!

The prize is a copy of my modestly named quiz book: A Word for Everything. This is a collection of quizzes gleaned from my newsletters from the past 6 years.

To enter, just click the Add Comment link, enter your pun (don't forget your name and country).

IMPORTANT: make sure when setting up your account with blogger that you allow me to email you.

The List ... use some or all of these in your pun:

brewed - fermented
brood - family

carat - unit of weight for precious stones, equal to 200 milligrams
caret - proofreader's insertion mark
carrot - edible orange root
karat - one 24th part of otherwise pure gold

cereal - grains
serial - numbers in sequence

dual - two things
duel - a fight between two over honor

elicit -to draw out
illicit - unlawful

ewes - more than one female sheep
use - to apply
yews - more than one yew tree

might - possible
mite - tiny creature

place - a location
plaice - a flounder

taper - edge-shaped
tapir - hoglike, Malaysian mammal

verses - paragraphs
versus - against

whirred - made a whizzing or buzzing sound
word - a speech sound

(Homonyms and definitions from:

OK ... off you go ...