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How do you deal with homonyms in a list?

I was thinking about it, and, is there a proper way to deal with having homonyms in a list? Would you characterize it as one object, for example: I have two notebooks in my bag. Or would you ...
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What are words called that have 2 (or more) definitions and mean very opposing things? [duplicate]

My example would be the adjective: Proud. I am proud. This could mean that "I am arrogant" or that "I am pleased". Only the context could give us further insight. Is that a homonym? Basically a ...
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What word in the English language has the most independently derived homonyms? [duplicate]

I learned about yet another meaning for the word mode (and modal) today, and wondered, not for the first time, if there is any word in the English dictionary with more completely distinct meanings ...
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What is the origin of the shift of meaning of “sauté”?

As I'm dealing a lot of recipes and text on cooking written in English, I'm confronted all the time with a trend which makes understanding quite hard sometimes. The original French word "sauté" has ...
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Source for tracing evolution of specific polysemes, e.g. “catamaran”?

Does anyone know a dictionary (or other resource) that traces the etymologies of words in such detail as to show how two, three ... different meanings may have come to apply to a given word? This ...
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Is there a relationship between “boxing” (sport) and “box” (packaging)? [closed]

How is boxing (the sport) related to box (packaging)? Is there a relationship between the words which I am not aware of?
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Where can I find a dictionary for homonyms?

I want to know where I can find a dictionary that I can look up homonyms of a word. For instance if I type in alien it will show me the word salient. That dictionary should base on the sound itself, ...
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Curious words that make me suspicious

I'm curious about that curious object. I'm suspicious of that suspicious stranger. I'm dubious about that dubious plan. I can't think of any other words that allow this: using the same ...
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Homonyms/homophones and proper nouns

I introduced my 6-year-old to the concept of "homonyms" (though I've probably got it conflated with homophones or vice-versa). Since then he's been trying to find homonyms. He asked me just now: "Can ...
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Is there a term for the convergent evolution of homonyms?

Some homonyms, like "punch", originated in different languages with different spellings. The violent act "punch" comes from the English word "pounce", while the beverage "punch" comes from the Hindi ...
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What is the word for a phrase which uses a homonym with two of its meanings?

For example, the phrase "I'm stuck on Band-Aid and Band-Aid's stuck on me" or "He books time to read books".
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What do you call it when someone misunderstands a homonym? [duplicate]

I once ran across a term for the error of misunderstanding the meaning or sense of a word because one doesn't know exactly what the word is. For example, someone mistakenly thinks that the phrase is ...
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What are “identical words” as distinct from homonyms?

The wikipedia entry on homonyms contains the following diagram: In the very center of that image is a category labeled "identical words" which is separate from the rest but is at the intersection ...
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Are homonyms considered single words?

There are many homonyms in the English language, words that are spelled the same and pronounced the same but have different meanings. A few examples: A grizzly bear can bear great weight. I stake ...
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“They are there.” and “They're there.” versus “There they are.” and “There they're.”

Are any of the phrases in the title incorrect in any way? Do the meanings differ in any way? Is one preferred over the other and if so then why? I find this particularly interesting for many reasons ...
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Equivalent of homonym for terms and phrases

A homonym is a word with two distinct meanings, for instance: chase (from dict.org) To pursue for the purpose of killing or taking, as an enemy, or game; to hunt. [1913 Webster] ...
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How did homonyms come into existence?

Words like bank, bat, bear, fine, fair, number, row, etc., each have multiple meanings but are pronounced and spelled in the same way. How can one word mean different things?
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Is there a difference between “jamb” and “jam”?

Is there a difference between jamb and jam? I recently wrote a letter describing someone who had jambed their hand on a stair bannister and the usage was questioned.
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Are the noun and verb forms of “badger” related etymologically?

Are the noun "badger", naming an animal, and the verb "to badger", describing the behavior of a person, related etymologically? Does the meaning of one come directly from the other? What about the ...