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Which Witch Ate Eight Nome Gnomes??? October 26, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Word Play.

200px-First_crosswordThe English language includes an eclectic mix of ingredients thrown into the pot to create a relatively tasty melange which only occasionally gives us heartburn.

Rather than allowing too many cooks to spoil the broth, let’s have some Fun with Words!

Specifically, let’s focus on Homophones, Homographs, and Homonyms.

According to my M-W Dictionary:

A.  Homonyms (which can include both homographs and homophones) are words spelled and pronounced alike, but with different meanings:

After playing a game of pool, we jumped into the pool for a swim.

B.  Homophones are words pronounced the same but with different meanings and/or spelling:

Which witch ate eight Nome gnomes??? 

C.  Homographs are words spelled alike but different in origin, meaning, or pronunciation:

He shot his bow and arrow over the bow of the ship.

Want to play???

To enter the Which Witch Contest and win bragging rights . . .

1.  Create a sentence of any length using homonyms, homophones, or homographs.

2.  Score your creation: 

* Add 5 points for every homonym, homograph, or homophone used.

* Subtract 3 points for every word in the sentence which is not a homonym, homograph, or homophone.

* Add 20 bonus points if your entire sentence consists of homophones,  homographs, and homonyms.

3.  Enter as many sentences as you wish, posting each sentence as a new comment.  See my example below. 

That’s it.

We’ll tally up scores and assign bragging rights to the winners (First, Second, and Third place) soon . . .

In the meantime, have Fun With Words!

Related post:  Write An Entire Sentence Using Just One Word (Buffalo)


1. nrhatch - October 26, 2010

Which witch ate eight Nome gnomes???

Score = 50

2. souldipper - October 26, 2010

Talk about Synchronicity! I’ve been wondering how I could find just this sort of overview. A treasure of perfect timing.

I’m due to do lunch after an overdue new hair do and before attending the do where we will be doing a friend roast. Otherwise I would be doing your challenge.

Is that rateable, Nancy?! 🙂

nrhatch - October 26, 2010

Arguably 35 points (if we allow overdue and doing) MINUS 24 words @ 3 pts = a negative number 😦

When you come back from your hair do and attending your do, please try again. 8)

souldipper - October 27, 2010

Oops! 😉

3. loreen lee - October 26, 2010

This is long over due; do you think this will do?

nrhatch - October 26, 2010

15 points (due, do, do) MINUS 24 points (8 x 3) = a negative number. 😦

Please try again. 🙂

loreen lee - October 26, 2010

Just thought, there’s also -dew-

4. aardvarkian - October 26, 2010

*scratches head*

nrhatch - October 26, 2010

If you need ideas, check out the links. 🙂

5. loreen lee - October 26, 2010

Some sum you’ve got; I just don’t write right?
I’m not going to do any more. Just had to put one ‘of my own’ out. Sorry I ‘stole’, souldipper. These are the stuff of puns, yes!

nrhatch - October 26, 2010

You’re on the plus side with this one:
4×5 (some, sum, write, right) – 5×3 = 5!

You’ve got a ways to go to pass the current top score of 50. 🙂

6. Cindy - October 26, 2010

*Thinks hard and goes to refill coffee cup*

(That’s not an entry …)

nrhatch - October 26, 2010

I’m surprised at the lack of submissions. I figured they’d be flowing in at a steady rate.

Maybe no one’s in the mood to play with words mid-week?

I’m going to leave the contest open for awhile . . . at least until someone beats my score. 🙂

7. healing4tomorrow - October 27, 2010

This is a real head scratcher Nance. I’ll have to think about this one. Not an entry but bowing out gracefully.

8. healing4tomorrow - October 27, 2010

They’re there to find their sole purpose of their soul too.

A bit corny, I know :). I tried.

nrhatch - October 27, 2010

Pretty good! 40 – 9 = 31

9. Agatha82 - October 31, 2010

I’d love to play, but my dyslexic brain feels as if it’s going to explode, so in the interest of my safety, I will not. I do love how bizarre the English language can get.

nrhatch - October 31, 2010

Me too!

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