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Fun with Words: Gnome September 28, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.

Wikipedia ~ Gnome (in Public Domain)

Gnome  n  1 : a word spelled one way and pronounced another  2 : a word invented by Noah Webster to put unemployed “G’s” back to work (doing nothing) and get them off the dole  3 : a dwarf of folklore, usually bearded,  who lives inside the earth and guards precious ore or treasure from greedy  beings above ground 4 : the mascot and diminuitive spokesperson for Travelocity, a discount travel agency

Not to be confused with Nome  1 :  a well-behaved word pronounced exactly as it looks 2 : a city in Alaska where parkas are required on all but 3 days a year 3 : cities in Norway, Texas, California, Australia, and North Dakota 4: a special function in Mathematics 5 : a spiritual teacher and author


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Related Note:  The Nome King of Oz

Originally named Roquat the Red, the Nome King later takes the name Ruggedo, which Baum first used in a stage adaptation.

Even after Ruggedo  loses his throne, he continues to think of himself as king, and Oz book authors humor his harmless delusion by  politely refering  to him that way whenever he’s within hearing range.

Nomes’ greatest fear is eggs.  Terrified of the white orbs, Roquat vehemently declares that “Eggs are poison to Nomes!”

No one knows why.

Related post:  Fun with Words: Ridiculosities


1. cindy - September 28, 2010

I guess they eat a lot of eggs in Nome, Alaska; lest they freeze into garden gnomes? (Just left the n out and it became Gomes, which is Mexican and made me think of nachos … nom nom nom!)

nrhatch - September 28, 2010

Streams of consciousness usually lead me to scream for ice cream . . .

Now I’ve got a way to gather round the good stuff . . . Nachos!

2. Loreen Lee - September 28, 2010

I wonder sometimes that I have what it takes to be a writer, when I can often forget the spelling of my very own ‘Gnome’. Your truly, laura lie.

nrhatch - September 28, 2010

Ha! 🙂

3. Greg Camp - September 28, 2010

We must mention that lovely television show, “David the Gnome.” It aired in the late 80s and early 90s and was a pleasant bit of fantasy.

nrhatch - September 28, 2010

Never heard of David the Gnome. I’ll have to check it out.

Thanks, Greg.

4. Naomi - September 29, 2010

Hehe, you have me laughing, Nancy, being nicknamed Nome or Nomes for as long as I can remember 🙂 I have no aversion to eggs and have never heard of ‘my namesake’ spiritual teacher and author – perhaps I should explore…

nrhatch - September 29, 2010

Just click on the link and you’ll be in the know, Nome!

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