Solutions for Act I Scene 2 - Enunciate-y

The words on the left do not seem immediately useful here, so the primary focus should be on the right column. Each line here seems to be made up of two parts, so we probably want to find the connection between each pair.

Playing around with synonyms, one should eventually find that the first term in each pair represents a word that sounds like individual letters said out loud. For instance, "plant" can be IVY which sounds like the letters I and V, and "sleazy" can be SEEDY, sounding like CD. The title supports this theme in that we are enunciating letters by saying the word aloud, and the tacked on Y to "Enunciate-y" makes it also have this property, sounding like the letters NNCAT (with enough of a drawl).

With this in mind, we can then see the second term in each pair describes a word that almost contains the letters extracted by pronunciation of the first term. e.g. "Fish" can be COD, which spelled aloud is "C, O, D", or almost "CD" (for "sleazy"). Knowing this we can work out each pair working either forward or backward. In each case the second term has one extra letter than those spelled by the first. Altogether we get:

First wordSecond wordExtra letter
ivy HIV H
seedy cod O
U-ey rue R
aisle nil N
eel elm M
enemy name A
ower tor T
devious devs E
Emmy men N
avian Avon O
escapee skip I
icy sic S
entity nett E
wire yar A
Odie god G
yule URL R
ideal idle E
cagey keg E
eerie sere S
ally lip P
empty met E
any net T

Clearly each braced set provides letters that spell out a new word. We can now treat these as the second terms in each of five new pairs of words, where the first terms come from those provided in the left column of the puzzle. That is, we have five new pairs "paper horn", "sicken mate", "element noise", "loathsome agrees", and "number pet".

Giving them the same treatment as before, we find the appropriate synonyms:


These new extracted letters give XPDNC. This doesn't look like a word, but saying the letters out loud gives us the answer: EXPEDIENCY. As well as being one of the longer words that can be "spelled out" in this way, expediency is often the excuse used by those who opt for phonetic spellings over the correct forms of words in text messages etc.

The answer is: expediency