Saturday Mix – Double Take, 9 June 2018

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 9 June 2018!

This week we are seeing double with ‘Double Take’.

The ‘Double Take’ challenge focuses on the use of homophones* to build your writing piece. You have two sets of homophones and you are challenged to use all of them in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our homophone sets this week are:

mail – postal delivery
male – masculine person


moose – a large elk
mousse – dessert of whipped cream and eggs

You may be thinking to yourself, How can I use homophones in my writing?
Luckily, Kat at Literary Devices, has some examples for you.

Example of Homophones in Literature
This poem is filled homophones (marked in bold). They create a humorous effect in the poem through having the same pronunciation but altogether different meanings.

Sole owner am I of this sorry soul
pour out corruption’s slag from every pore
whole slates scrape clean! they leave no gaping hole.
Role that I’ve played, loose grip! while back I roll,
or dodge each wave, or with firm grip on oar
bore through this sea, snout down, just like the boar”

From “Where Truth’s Wind Blew” by Venicebard

Source:  LiteraryDevices Editors. “Homophones” 2013. (accessed June 9, 2018)

In summary, the purpose of using homophones in literature is to create humorous effects by using words that have two or more meanings. These give meaning to a literary piece of work, and reveal the ingenuity of writers and their characters through the use of homophones.

Good luck with your ‘Double Take’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’ and ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #DoubleTake.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.

Happy Homophoning!


  1. This was a tough prompt I thought. At least to incorporate it clean without being too obvious it was forced..

    My first effort here at Mindovermisery. Also a longer piece of fiction than I have recently been writing. Cut down from 670 or so to 519words.

    Don’t know Mr. Linky, so I will see if just linking it works.

    Lonely Joe –

    Sampled some very nice writing. I really like the daily choices. Not many flash sites out there anymore it seems.

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