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A.Word.A.Day--capitonym

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capitonym (KAP-i-toh-NIM) noun

A word that changes pronunciation and meaning when it is capitalized.

Job's Job
In August, an august patriarch
Was reading an ad in Reading, Mass.
Long-suffering Job secured a job
To polish piles of Polish brass.

Herb's Herbs
An herb store owner, name of Herb,
Moved to a rainier Mount Rainier.
It would have been so nice in Nice,
And even tangier in Tangier.

This week's theme: Naming the nyms, by Richard Lederer.

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