One afternoon not too long ago, I went with my wife as she bought the week's supply of food. Dodging the precariously placed displays, I turned down the aisle where the spices were shelved. Suddenly, in front of me was a poster advertising a reduced price for a particular spice. The word THYME, which was printed in huge block letters resembling a doctor's eye chart, made an immediate impression upon my logological mind.
I observed to my wife, "Notice the word thyme, which is a one-syllable word. Yet, it is made up of two one-syllable words, thy and me. I wonder how many other one-syllable words there are in English which are composed of two or more one-syllable words."
Karrick, Charles E.
"One Plus One Equals One,"
Word Ways: Vol. 4
, Article 15.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol4/iss2/15