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Peeling a Rhyme

By Elizabeth Rees / January 29, 1996



Did you happen to know

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that "mumchance" means dumbstruck

and "mischance" means mishap?

Did you ever in your life

hear such a lovely word

as vraisemblance,

which really means verisimilitude,

and almost looks like truth.

Yet, that's the perfect fit,

the whirl of plenty reasons

why to carry on with words.

Tongue's perfect skate

over unheard tones, toying,

dizzying trick of sound.

Why it all depends

on what you wish to find:

You must cut the skin

to taste the fruit.