Well, light verse perhaps.
This one I wrote soon after I started working for the Alma Mater Society at UBC, when I realized that different people pronounced Alma Mater differently. Thinking I could resolve this inconsistency, I embarked on some research, only to discover that there was no resolving the problem. The dictionaries record various pronunciations.
This poem was the result:
Does it Mater?
Now, would you say that Alma Mater
Rhymes with “Later, alligator”?
Or should we seek a rhyme with otter
When pronouncing Alma Mater?
Or maybe choose a rhyme with chatter
For our dear old Alma Mater?
Chatter, otter, otter, ‘gator--
Which one rhymes with Alma Mater?
And is it “Al-muh” we should say?
Or maybe “Awl-muh” is the way.
The whole thing seems like quite a mess--
We’ll have to stick to A-M-S.