Quite surely, now, it isn’t right
How pupils are not told that ‘quite’
Means ‘rather’ or ‘a little bit’;
Which, to mean silence, doesn’t fit. 

I really want to start a riot
To get them teaching ‘still’ is ‘quiet’!
If one should find a peaceful spot
And call it ‘quite’ – it is quite what? 

It seems that many teachers might
Tell rowdy pupils to be ‘quite’;
Quite wrong; so they should therefore try it
With pronunciation ‘kwai-yit’! 

Though ‘quiet’ always means ‘be still’,
From ‘quite’ one can become quite ill
‘I’m quite annoyed’ means not too much –
But ‘he’s quite mad’ means fully such! 

The tone of voice can let one know
Which meaning that you want to show:
Said loudly, fast; or softly, slow;
A lot or little? Yes. Quite so!

© Colonialist August 2012 (WordPress/Letterdash)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. adinparadise says:

    I quite love your really awful rhyme, Col. 🙂


  2. Anthony says:

    Mmmmm. quite good and i will leave fast…..


  3. arkenaten says:

    I’m not quite sure if I commented before,
    Shall quietly go off and ponder some more.


  4. suzicate says:

    This is fabulous!


  5. optie says:

    Really good poem which I am sure would help pupils (sorry I am old fashioned) understand the difference. If you have not already please tackle your and you’re and lose and loose 🙂


  6. Marco says:

    Hehe – the offers stands – let’s burn something down?


  7. Pussycat44 says:

    Lovely, Col. You should publish a booklet/tome with all these little poems for English teachers 😉


  8. nrhatch says:

    Well done! Quite clever, Col. 😉


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