R is for rebus.
I have to admit to an inordinate delight in word play. I blame my brain. It entertains itself by scrambling things. Not so helpful sometimes – I’m directionally dyslexic and can manage to get lost in my own neighborhood. But it’s an amusing asset when it comes to words – I’m an expert anagrammer.
My dreams speak to me in puns, I enjoy cryptic crosswords, I love secret codes, and I am most definitely a fan of the rebus.
For those who are a bit unclear, a rebus is a representation of a word or phrase by pictures or symbols that suggest the word or phrase or its syllables. A simple one would be:
And while technically a rebus should contain mostly pictures, it’s pretty common to find them nowadays composed of words that require a bit of thinking to decipher. So for example here’s the one I want to talk about today. Ignore the picture – it’s just me talking to the birds.
Did you figure it out? I’m thinking our friend Fool would appreciate it.
It’s ”try to understand metaphor.”
And it’s my attempt to return the joke my dream gave me last night. I was following Fool down a path in Ireland and just as we came near to the edge of a cliff, Fool transformed into a sponge lying at my feet.
I was totally perplexed and then I got it. a fool = loofa. Snort!
It did get me thinking though. Fool really IS a sponge is so many ways isn’t he? Open and ready to drink in all that is available.
What do you think? Enjoy rebuses? Ever dream about Fool? Like word play? What are you wanting to soak up right now? Do tell – you know I love to hear.