My grandson asked, When is raven a verb? (With all due apologies to Edgar Allen Poe) When it’s pronounced (rah-ven),
verb (used without object)
to seek plunder or prey.
to eat or feed voraciously or greedily: to raven like an animal.
to seize as spoil or prey.
to devour voraciously.
Noun; rapine; robbery.
plunder or prey.
and it’s a homograph
noun; a word of the same written form as another but of different meaning and usually origin, whether pronounced the same way or not, as bear “to carry; support” and bear “animal” or lead “to conduct” and lead “metal.”
I will read the same book today, that I read last night.
The nurse wound the bandage around his wound.
I had to polish my Polish aunt’s end table.
I demanded that he produce the produce from his farm.
We should refuse to throw refuse out our car windows
He would not desert her, out here in the desert.
We did not present her present last night, so we have to do it today, in the present.
Don’t play your bass while you’re fishing for bass.
She finally had to bow to the inevitable, and buy her son a toy bow and arrow set.
When he dove into the lake, it startled the dove.
I would not object, if that ugly object were removed.
They had a big row over who had to row the boat.
His claim to be an invalid, was proven to be invalid.
Are you close enough to the front door to close it firmly?
After he would mow the lawn, he would mow into a big lunch.
All the deer who came to feed were does. Why does that matter?
The sewer managed to repair the shirt that he had ripped in the sewer.
The old sow had eaten all the seed wheat that he had planned to sow.
If the wind gusts any stronger, it will wind that flag right around the pole.
I just took a real buffet. Some guy almost body-checked me, on my way to the buffet.
If you tear down the sidewalk, you might fall and tear your pants. Then you’ll shed a tear.
I had to scuttle downstairs to add a scuttle of coal to the old furnace, because I didn’t want to scuttle the great party.
I can’t even write a short simple sentence for the word founder. As a noun, it might be a person who starts a town, or a business. Or, it may be a metal-worker who toils in a foundry. As a verb, it means to become wrecked, fail entirely, sink, or fall down.
You cannot subject the Queen’s subject to this kind of questioning.
The author was trying to intimate that the butler had been intimate with Her Ladyship.
I don’t think that most husbands want to converse with their wives during a hockey game. Rather, I believe the converse, that they just want quiet.
Why doesn’t Buick rhyme with quick? For that matter, why isn’t imply pronounced like limply? If a male sheep is called a ram, and a male donkey is called an ass, why is a ram-in-the-ass called a goose?
Somebody goosed me, so I’ll have another post ready in a couple of days. C U 😀