As I watched the changing precipitation yesterday, the homophone trio REIGN/RAIN/REIN popped into my head. Gather 'round (virtually) while I provide definitions and sentences for each word.
REIGN/REIGNING = To rule or hold sovereignty over a kingdom or sporting event. Synonyms: rule/ruling, incumbent, lead/leading, prevail/prevailing
#1: Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England on February 6, 1952 and still reigns today.
#2: The reigning Super Bowl Champions are the Kansas City Chiefs, whose 2020 win over the San Francisco 49ers marked their first since Super Bowl IV.
RAIN = this type of precipitation falls from the clouds in the form of drops
Rain, rain go away! Come again some other day.
There are four types of raindrops and four types of rain. Check out sciencing.com for more information!
REIN = restrain, bridle, or control, or limit. FREE REIN, which means freedom, is the antonym or opposite.
Tug on the reins gently or the horse will spook.
Rein in your anger, or you'll fall prey to the dark side like Anakin Skywalker was.
The rain has turned to snow, and the latest forecast calls for 6-12 inches in my neck of the woods. Stay warm and safe, everyone!
Laura Fineberg Cooper
A Spoonful of Grammar