Write Right: Meat, Meet, and Mete

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Write Right Talks about Writing RightIn the past, a bear once “picked” a cave on the other side of a mountain “peak” because he “peeked” at the cave, and it “piqued” his interest. Today’s lesson features no bears, but it does pay attention to the homophones “meat,” “meet,” and “mete.”

A very, very long time ago, one group of dinosaurs, namely, the herbivores, decided it needed to have a networking group so that it and other like-minded dinosaurs could “meet” one another. These dinosaurs found normal networking groups problematic. They always ended poorly. Some carnivorous dinosaur would learn of them, invade, and send all the herbivores to the four winds, the carnivorous dinosaur, naturally, being there for the food – the “meat” – and not the conversation.

Thus, the herbivores decided to “mete” out justice to the party-crashing carnivores. They planned clandestine meetings. They instituted a dinosaur-sort of secret handshake. (Not having hands, this proved tricky.) They strategized the gathering and hiding of meeting supplies; after all, while carnivorous dinosaurs might not eat plants, they did notice when a tree lost all its leaves overnight.

The herbivores’ plans and meting of justice worked well for a time. They were able to meet other herbivores. They managed not to become the dinner of their carnivorous cousins. They were, however, unable to withstand the forty days and nights of rain. Or ice. Or fire. Or whatever way the dinosaurs went extinct.

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Erin Feldman

Erin Feldman is a marketing consultant and copywriter based in Austin, Texas. When she isn't helping clients tell their stories, she reads, writes poetry, draws, and takes kickboxing classes.

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