Be it dictionary or lexicon

What English words mean

Depend on which side

Of the pond you’re on

American “quite” means “very”

While British “quite” falls short of “verily”

If that word’s meaning tends to vary

Check out “now,” but be wary

An American “now” means at this instant

While South African “now” might be a time quite distant

And there’s that word “quite” used again

So, I used the British meaning as to not offend

This English tongue can drive you round the bend


Hurtful Words

In a savage manner our words can hurt

And with cruel phrases – with violence we flirt

An insult here, and innuendo there

Can wound souls and cause dispair

While striking back – it too is wrong

Let us instead be kind – and get along



Grammar, Abc, Dictionary, Words, Letters

I met a they the other day

They was labelled a “she” but wasn’t happy that way

“They was” isn’t correct, I hear you say

But if they is a singular – it must work that way

Don’t get me wrong – I’m happy to use

Whatever pronoun that you choose

It’s the grammar only that makes me wince

As our language suffers growing pains

As new views and agendas we evince


Lure (2)

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The lure of lore is enticing

There is magic that lies in a tale

Imagination it can capture

Especially when it’s told well

We seek answers from those who were before us

We learn lessons from what they have done

And if we harken to their stories

Our own victories surely will be won

So resist not the lure of a story

Ignore not the morals of myths

For they often contain more

Than the mere conceits of the wordsmiths


FOWC with Fandango — Lure

Words At Play

Architecture, Building, Library, Glass Windows

I chanced upon a library at night

Where the words come out to play

Stifled by the silence of the place

Bound to their pages in the day

But when the doors are locked

And the readers have all gone home

They let loose in eloquence

Usually started by a poem

Oh what tales are related then

Adventures great and small

Puns and wordplay do abound

As the newspapers listen – remembering all

But dawn shall soon return

And the words then will silent fall

As soon as they hear the key in the door

And the footsteps in the hall


Plural Confusion


One goose is goose

Two gooses are geese

On moose is moose

But two mooses aren’t meese

One mouse is a mouse

Two mouses are mice

One house is house

But two houses aren’t hice

Plurals of confusion

Terms that confound

And is couples or pairs –

When one and one you compound?




Light Inside Library

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Descartes suggested that I live, and am what’s in my mind

The images and expressions there – are all uniquely mine

So how can I share that world, so that you can see

The things that I experience there – seen just by me?


We use our words – to carry others to where

We can unveil our private mysteries

We open up our vistas

Through our vocab-lary


One-hundred-thousand-seventy some

Words are in use – on Oxford’s page

Plus half a hundred-thousand – now extinct

That were once all the rage


But these it seems are inadequate

To share our world – far and wide

So perhaps a quarter million more

From foreign tongues have been supplied


So why is there such confusion

Often about the things we say?

Do we even listen

When others’ thoughts they relay?