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[personal profile] feng_shui_house
Bolt means entirely different things to a horse trainer, a weather watcher, a sewist, a gardener, a machinist, a security guard, a sharpshooter, an archer, or a cook.

Grain means entirely different things to a farmer, a cook, a sewist, a photographer, a pharmacist, and a lumberyard worker.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_true_homonyms

Heteronyms, Homonyms, Homographs and Homophones

Date: 2017-05-14 06:46 pm (UTC)
vera_j: (Default)
From: [personal profile] vera_j
WOW!!! This is great - I have saved the links, thank you!

Date: 2017-05-15 05:47 am (UTC)
pebblerocker: A worried orange dragon, holding an umbrella, gazes at the sky. (Default)
From: [personal profile] pebblerocker
I wouldn't have got more than three or four meanings for each off the top of my head!

Date: 2017-05-16 11:00 pm (UTC)
haldane: (Default)
From: [personal profile] haldane
It's also amusing to check the dictionary entries for "part".

Dictionary.com has something like 13 noun forms and 13 verb forms. And I suspect they're missing a few highly technical uses, like your radishes.

Date: 2017-05-20 11:32 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] haldane
Thats why there's such a market in Japan now for games and anime translators. If you don't want to become a standing joke, you *have* to have English-language natives doing a second pass on your translations. My James is at university doing Arts-Japanese and hopes to go into exactly that kind of work, possibly even moving to Japan.

Date: 2017-05-20 11:35 pm (UTC)
haldane: (Default)
From: [personal profile] haldane
Oh, and Neil has added another use of "grain", for marksmen who calculate loads using "grains" of powder.
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