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Which Witch? / Kostelanetz, Richard., 1999

Identifier: CC-32446-34020

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Designed by Wendy Wu. Each page contains two to six homonyms and homophones printed in varied typefaces and layouts. Alan Cooper's WEB site provides definitions as listed below. Homonym: One of two or more words spelled and pronounced alike but different in meaning (as cleave meaning "to cut" and cleave meaning "to adhere" (coincidentally, also antonyms!); Homophone: One of two or more words pronounced alike but different in meaning or spelling (as the words to, too, and two); Homograph: One of two or more words spelled alike but different in meaning or pronunciation (as the bow of a ship, a bow and arrow). He also prints a homonymical poem by Janet E. Byford. TAKE A BOUGHAn Ode to the Spelling Chequer - Prays the Lord for the spelling chequer - That came with our pea sea! - Mecca mistake and it puts you rite - Its so easy to ewes, you sea. I never used to no, was it e before eye? - (Four sometimes its eye before e.) - But now I've discovered the quay to success - It's as simple as won, too, free! Sew watt if you lose a letter or two, - The whirled won't come two an end! - Can't you sea? It's as plane as the knows on yore face - S. Chequer's my very best friendI've always had trubble with letters that double - "Is it one or to S's?" I'd wine - But now, as I've tolled you this chequer is grateAnd its hi thyme you got won, like mine.Cooper also provides an extensive listing of homonyms, homophones, and homographs: a very short little insignificant English word, eh an interrogative utterance; acts things done, ax chopping tool; ad short for advertisement, add short for addition; adds performs additions, ads more than one advertisement; adze axe-like tool, ade fruit beverage; aid to assist, aide an assistant; aerie eagle's nest, airy breezy; aero of aircraft, arrow slender, pointed shaft; affect to change, effect result; ail sick, ale beer; air stuff we breathe, are 1/100th of a hectare, e'er contraction of "ever", ere, actually, err to make a mistake, heir one who will inherit; aisle walkway, I'll contraction of "I will", isle island; all everything, awl pointed scriber; allowed permitted, aloud spoken; altar raised center of worship, alter to change; an a single instance, Ann a woman's name; ant insect, aunt parent's sister; ante preliminary bet, auntie sister of a parent; arc portion of a circle, ark vessel; ascent the climb, assent to agree; ate past tense of eat, eight the number base of octal; auger a drill, augur foretell; aught anything, ought should; aural of hearing, oral of the mouth; auricle external part of the ear, oracle seer; away distant, aweigh just clear of the bottom; awed in a state of wonder, odd not usual; aweful filled with awe, awful really bad, offal butchered entrails; aye naval affirmative, eye ocular organ, I oneself; bail bucket handle, bale bundle of hay; bailed pumping water out of a boat; baled to gather into a bale; bailee a person to whom goods are committed for custody or repair, bailey the outer wall of a castle, bailie a municipal officer in Scotland; bailer one who bails (water), bailor a person that entrusts goods to a bailee, baler one who bales (hay); bailing pumping water out of a boat, baling wire used to tie bales, bait to torment, bate to lessen; baited past tense of bait, bated past tense of bate; baiting tormenting, bating lessening; baize green felt, bays one or more enclosed arms of the ocean, beys one or more Turkish officials; bald hairless, balled carnal knowledge, bawled cried aloud; ball playful orb, bawl to cry; band a group, banned forbidden; bard a poet, barred enclosed by poles; bare naked, bear wild ursine; bark outer sheath of a tree, barque square-rigged sailing ship; baron minor royalty, barren unable to bear children; Barry a man's name, berry small fruit, bury to take under; basal forming the base, basil an herb; base the bottom support for anything, bass the lowest musical pitch or range; based supported, baste to swab with liquid during cooking; bases what baseball players like to steal, basis principal constituent of anything, basses many four-stringed guitars; bask to warm oneself pleasantly, basque tightfitting bodice or tunic (or, people of the Pyrenees); bat a blind, flying rodent, batt a flat pad; baud bits per second, bawd brothel manager; bay an enclosed arm of the ocean, bey a Turkish official; be to exist, bee pollinating buzzer; beach where i want to be, beech a type of tree; bean a legume, been past tense of be; beat to hit, beet edible red root; beau male friend, bow a curve or bend; double-slipped reef knot; beaut slang for beauty, beautiful, butte steep sided hill; been past tense of be, bin a box or container; beer universally brewed comfort food, bier a temporary frame for a coffin; bel indian thorn tree, Bel Babylonian god, bell ding ding, belle beautiful woman; berth anchorage, birth your method of arrival; besot to get drunk, besought past tense of beseech; better superior, bettor one who bets; born brought into life, borne past participle of bear, bourn a small stream or boundary; borough township, burrow dig into the ground; bough tree branch, bow front of a ship; respectful bend; -- Source of annotation: Marvin or Ruth Sackner.


  • Creation: 1999



0 See container summary (1 soft cover book (16 pages)) ; 20.8 x 14.7 cm

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Physical Location

box shelf

Custodial History

The Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, on loan from Ruth and Marvin A. Sackner and the Sackner Family Partnership.


Published: Milan, Italy : Offerta Speciale Visual Editions. Nationality of creator: American. General: About 35 total copies. About 35 number copy. General: Added by: RED; updated by: MARVIN.

Repository Details

Part of the The Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry Repository

125 W. Washington St.
Main Library
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