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HOMOPHONES OR 'PUNS'.

Homophones are the sound-alike variety of homonyms. They are usually meaningless (flew, flu; blew, blue). It's fascinating when the two words are related in some way, thus constituting a pun. Here I present four classes: 1) ca. synonyms; 2) ca. antonyms; 3) other puns and jokes; 4) multiples (types 1, 2 or 3). These are the best of a long time collection. Words are unrelated etymologically; I exclude pairs with common roots as trivial except when sharing only part of their words. I minimised cases that aren't exact sound-alikes, allowing some exceptions if good enuf. Some depend on accents, e.g., Brit -er's sounded as schwas.

These were mostly noted during my search for definitive anagrams (DA), and several of these are anagrams in my DA articles. That study is mired down in S, hence few Sl-Z entries here.
 1. ~SYNONYMS
anatomy
  'in' at a me
appease
  up-ease (pun: raise the spirits or wealth
    of, plus comply and relax the demands of a higher up)
appendicitis
  'upend' inside us
appendix
  app: index (not always, but an index is
    the most common appendix 'app')
a praised
  upraised
arise
  are ayes (head-count voting)
a rout
  Are out.
arsenal
  'arson' hall
a scout
  ask out
assert
  as cert!
atlas
  'at'list
aversion
  ever shun
bald
 'balled' (ball head)
    Ironically, tho not related etymologically, bald was spelt
    'balled' in ME. A medieval pun, I'd like to believe.
bloated
 blowedit (up)
borough
 burrow (group residences) These are
    unexpectedly related words, or strange bedfellows.
climax
 Climb ... ax!
combined come, bind
Commissar Commie tsar
conscience
  Con shuns.
ejects
 each ex
emergency
  Am urgency!
entail
  in tale
excel
  XL
Existence
  Egg's extents  (the Cosmic Egg,
    or the Universe and anything else that exists)
expedite
x
 speed--hie it!
expense
  ex-pence
extreme
  ex-stream (out of the mainstream)
forestries
  for His trees
gyno-
  Guy? No.
hey?
  eh?  (a questioning palindrome)
hirsute
  hair suit
if floor
  if lower (verbs)
include
  in, clued
indoctrination
  En-dog-train Nation.
intellects
  into  lex (Intellect is related to lex,
    Greek for words, but apparently not to lex, Latin
    for law. Both are intellectual pursuits.)
interesting
  inner rest sting  (whipping up
    attention, spurring one out of calm indifference)
interrupt
  enter upped
intuit
 'into' it
marriage
  merge (a slur!)
masticate
  Mess took, ate.
Meniere's disease
  mean ears-dizzies
obsolescence
 'hopped', so less since
ostracism
  "Oust!"-racism
    (Race is a metaphor for any out-group.)
overthrown
 Over, Throne!
parall
els
 pair all l
's.  (///)
parody
  parroty  (a 'sort of copy)
philanthropies
  Fill, and throw peas.
    (Get rich then share tiny portions.)
precious
  'priceous'  (nonce anagram)
purchase
 P erch us.  (a stable grip or foothold)
reign
  rein  (Rulers hold the reins, but can't rein rain!)
repugnance
  reap ugh!-ness
respite
 rest pit
revise
  re-vies
a rout
  Are out.
rowers
  re oars
scrap
  'S crap.
scene
  seen
seel
  seal
    (seel = to 'seal' or sew eyelids together)
shriek
  sheer'Eek!'
sycophancy
  Sicko fan see.
too
  two
wail
  "Oooh!" ail
Wonderland
  wand-o'er land
wretched
  ratshit
Zea mays
 See a maize, (a corny definition)
2. ~ANTONYMS
a mod
  Am odd.
amigo
  am ego
apple
 up pull (Notwen discovers antigravity!
    Contrast same pun in part 3.)
askew
  as cue
attention
  a tense-shun
aural
  oral (perfect partners!)
availed
  have failed
belonging
  Be longing.
"bit chilly"
  Bitch illy, (opposites in degree)
bomb
  balm
chilly
  chilli/chili
commotion
  calm ocean
conquer
  concur
    (This is an antonym forced into being a synonym.)
decide
  de-side
    Don't join either side. (But that's still a decision.)
egalitarian
  ego lit Aryan
flag wave
  Flag, waive.
Glad to see you're back.
  Glad to see your
    back! (from WW 04-79, Few Say So)
heartily
  hardly
hybrid
  high-bred
more
 'M o'er.  (antonym, am finished, no more;
    or synonym, over and above the original amount)
mystifying
 mist-defying
O-n-e!
  Oh, any.
persevere
  Pursue? Veer!
pure
  "pew!"-er (ant.: clean vs. stinky; or syn.:
    pure (3) = puer, to bate (leather) in dog shit <L. clean!)
raze
  raise
right angle
  wry tangle
rode
  rowed
trade
  to raid
wholly
  holey
3. PUNS and JOKES
How to Double the Meaning of Life
 pp. 122-40
offers more funny puns, a few repeated here.
alas and alack
 a lass and a lack
  (unrequited love)
ancestors
  (and sister's)
anorexic
  an' a wreck, sick
apple
  up pull (the unopposite meaning)
arithmetic
  a rhythm attack
Arms race
  harms Race!
a Sister
  assister (to needy, Church, Mom Superior)
aspersions
  "Ass Persians!" (Trump, et al.)
assail
  ass-ail
attaching
  at hatching (imprinting, eg in ducks)
audacious
  Awed, eh? Shush!
Aware
  Awe wear. (Enlightenment)
awry
  (Or I?)
bar fad
  barf ad
cache
  cash (mattress stuff)
capitalism
  "Kaput all!" is 'em.
    (Greed conquers all In our sheep-eat-sheep world.)
clothes minded
  (a narrow interest in fashion only)
collide-o-scope
  (a cyclotron > fancy patterns)
dame
  "d' aim"  (hetero male and lesbian view)
Dive urge.
  "Diverge!"
  (a bridge suicide and an interventionist's plea)
ecstatic
  ex-static
    ("My soul's so happy that I can't sit down.")
Eiffel Tower site
  eyeful t' our sight
enemy
  Inner me?
exegesis
  exit Jesus  ('modernist' Bible scholarship)
a fire
 if ire
floe
 flow
Forever endeavour!
  (amen)
furniture
  fur-nit chewer  (cat's definition)
geriatric
  "cheery hat trick!"
    (growing old happily, triply magic!)
hairy parent
   heir apparent
Home and Away
  Hormone a way! (Oz TV
    series mostly about young people and their hormones)
humerus
  "humorous?"
    (The funny bone is part of the humerus.)
impregnation
  him per "egg nation"
    (He gets the egg dividing and multiplying.)
idolatry
  a dollar tree
ingrown toenail
  In groan-tone ail.
lackeys
  lack ease (not free, 'bonded')
laissez faire
  lazy fare (pun: both are do-nothings)
libel
  (liable!)
"line"
  (lyin'!) (ad line, Party line, pick-up line)
melancholy
  melon/collie (Lassie's love for Jack
    O'Lantern was unrequited. Jack just sat there with a
    stupid grin on his face.) Pumpkin & melons are gourds.
millet
  Mill it.
miniskirt
  Many's curt.
Minister
  Many stir.
    (But it seems that most of them would rather sleep.)
morning
  mourning (mourning after night before)
mortar fire
  mortifier
nonagenarian
  nonage a-naryin' ("I deny all
    claims that I'm underage," said the ninety-something.)
nuisance
  new cents (Damn decimal change!)
pertinaceous
  Puritan, eh? Shush!
  (stubbornly righteous)
philosophise
  "Fill ossifies."
phloem
  flow 'em (It 'flows' the sap and sugars
   down the plant from the leaves.)
placenta
  place enter (where mother enters fetus)
politics
  Poly-tricks!
propaganda
  "proper gander" (It says.)
raucous
  raw cuss
relax
  "Real" axe. (Cool it, get unreal!)
revolution
 'Reb illusion!' (reactionary reaction)
road bed
  Rode bad?
    (where roads + many bad or sleepy drivers go to 'rest')
sacrilegious
 sack religious
    (worshipping the bed on Sunday morning)
sarcasm
  sour chasm
seminary
  "Semen? Nary!"
    (where one learns the celibacy rule of priesthood)
senior
  seen yore
SF
 as if (science fiction)
smart
  "some art!"
State Government
 Stay gum men!
    (Strine pronunciation; gum tree men--except they're
    not, with little interest in gum tree preservation.)
surrender
 "Sir!" ender
surreptitious
 syruped issues
    (hiding the truth behind sweet-talking euphemisms)
Tortoise
 "taught" us
    (Aesop via Lewis Carroll)
upmarket
 Up-mark it.
vilify
 "Villain--fie!"
Watch it!
 "What?" (... "Shit!"
)
And if you don't like my puns,
You ask for it,
 you ass fart!
4. MULTIPLES, all types
[a]=antonyms
A noise
--an "Oyez!"--annoys.
ascetic
  acidic acetic aesthetic
 (Words 2 and 3 are related.)
aside
  as hide a sighed aside
    (First aside is an adverb, second a noun.)
"astute!"
  as toot "as tute" (self-praise)
bastard
 bad-stirred 'bass turd'
censor
  sin seer, 'sincere since hear sins here'
    (e.g., confessional)
co-incomes
 Coin comes; coin comes,
commends
  Come-ins!
= endorsement
 'In' door's meant.
consummating
    Cons "a mating"--con summiting.
diarrhea
  dire rear (derriere)
disgust
 'Tis cussed! (Discussed?)
embarrassed
  I'm bare assed.
evanescence
  even as sense heaven essence
existence
  acts' extents
    (Acts is tense!)  (It isn't easy being a Being.)
faults
  false falls (1 and 2 are related.)
fillip
  'fill up'--feel 'up'
flight
  full height, feel light
Illinois
  1. ill annoy; 2. ill-annoy
  (1 Peeve the sick and poorly. 2 Fail to peeve anyone.)
industries
  In 'dust trees' end us trees.
innocence
  'in know' since in, know sense [a]
I see
.  Icy eyes ee. (ee = eye [vb,n.], Scot.)
mystical
  'Myth's tickle' (Mis-tickle?)
optimistic
  Opt a mystic. Hopped a mis-tick?
officious
  offish us, oft vicious
pacifist 1. Passivest patsy fist! 2. Pass a fist!
    (1. warmongers' definition; 2. pacifist's definition)
persuade
  peer-swayed (Purse-swayed?)
philosopher
  'Fill us off Her full awes offer.'
    ('Her' is the muse of philosophy.)
punch line
  punnish line (punish line?)
psi's size-sighs
  (Size isn't everything!)
qualified
  'Coup' all I've eyed, Co. wall I fied.
    Coup is a nonce verb, conquer. The company wall is
    the job requirements, easy enuf that I mocked them.
rejects
  reach ex
(Rejections
  reach X shuns.)
retail
  re tale retell
robber baron
  Rob her barren, raw Barbarian!
rode
  'Rowed' road.
senile
  scene I'll see n' I'll see Nile, sea 'n isle.
sophistry
 = softest tree; artistry
 = hardest
    tree (... to climb.)
squeamish
  squirmish-screamish
surveillance
  Serve'veil lens'. (Serve
    aliens?)
theism
  "Thee"-ism (Theist "Thee" yessed.)
treats
  t' her: eats, 'true' eats!
"We wee wee-wee."
  My child's first full sentence.
    Note the use of We, not I--it does Papa proud.
"Why not?"
  Why knot? Whine not!
Wonderland
 Wand-o'er, lend one dear land.


ANIL

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