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Hooked on Phonics | Won Two Tri For

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Hidden : 2/26/2009
In Wisconsin, United States
3 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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The English language is one of the most difficult languages to master, not because of its rules which have many exceptions or its odd tenses which seem to follow no rules. But because of its many nuances where a single word can have three meanings or a single pronunciation of a word can be spelled three different ways. But it is precisely because of it's limitless versatility and boundless possibilities that it is the only dialect where you can express yourself so articulately. This series will delve into the many oddities of the English language for your enjoyment and tongue-twisting pleasure.

A word which is pronounced the same as another word but differs in spelling and meaning, for example: carat, caret, carrot and karat.
A group of words which is pronounced the same (or so similar as to be indistinguishable) as another word or group of words, but differs in spelling and meaning, for example: "ice cream" vs. "I scream" or "euthanasia" vs. "youth in Asia".

That's what I love about English, it allows me to create double and even triple entendres in cache titles. Take "A Dam Tender Spot" for example. It can be taken to mean a sensitive area, a place where a spillway caretaker resides, or a place where money is left for swearing penance. A more famous version would be the cover of the 1981 Rush album Moving Pictures. The title could be read to mean a moving crew transporting paintings, emotional reactions to the paintings, or a vintage term for movies.

Below, you will explore a poem that you all know, at least a little of, from watching Loony Tunes in your youth. For the last 3 digits of North, count the number of homonyms in each of the 3 stanzas. For the last 3 digits of West, count the number of oronyms in each of the 3 stanzas.

I dream of Jeanie with the light brown hare,
Borne, like a vapor, on the summer ere;
I sea her tripping ware the bright streams play,
Happy as the day seas that dance on her whey.
Many were the wild notes her marry voice would poor,
Many were the blithe birds that warbled them o'er:
Oh! I'd ream of Jeanie with the light brown hair,
Floating, like a vapor, on the soft summer ere.

I long for Jeanie with the daydawns mile,
Raid he ant in gladness, warm with winning guile;
I here her mellow deeds, like joys gone buy,
Sighing round my heart o'er the fun dopes that dye:
Sighing like the knight wind and sobbing like the reign,
Whaling for the lost won that comes knot a gain:
Oh! I long for gee knee, and my heart boughs low,
Nay, veer more to find her where the bright waa tears flow.

I sithe for Jeanie, but her lite form strayed
Far from the fun darts rounder native glade;
Her smiles have vanished and her sweet songs flown,
Flitting like the dreams that have cheer dust and gong.
Now the knotting wild flowers may whither on the shore
While her gentle finger swill cull them no moor:
Oh! I scythe for Jeanie with the light brown hare,
Floating, like a vapor, on the soft summer air.

UPDATE 3.22.09 A couple intentional homonyms were missing! Corrected poem.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

N fpravp bireybbx
"Furygrerq va n Furygre"

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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