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#1 octopuppy

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:14 PM

Here's a simple teaser:
Can you think of a word which has one spelling, one pronunciation, but at least 5 meanings, which include:
a noun
a verb
an adjective
an adverb
and an exclamation
?
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#2 roolstar

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 02:27 PM

Here's a simple teaser:
Can you think of a word which has one spelling, one pronunciation, but at least 5 meanings, which include:
a noun
a verb
an adjective
an adverb
and an exclamation
?



Spoiler for Not sure about this one...

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#3 schmod54

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:14 PM

Spoiler for I thought of exclamations that I use

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#4 octopuppy

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:30 PM

Wow and cool:
Not bad guesses, but I wouldn't say they were adverbs...
Keep trying!
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:33 PM

I suppose you could use "hot" as a verb, as in "hot things up" but it's a colloquialism and not really grammatically correct (same as using "cool" as an adverb). You don't need to resort to that!
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#6 schmod54

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 03:43 PM

I suppose you could use "hot" as a verb, as in "hot things up" but it's a colloquialism and not really grammatically correct (same as using "cool" as an adverb). You don't need to resort to that!


I agree with you on hot, I've never said "hot things up."

Cool is an adverb though. Example from http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/cool is "play it cool." But now I'm trying to think of another answer.
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#7 octopuppy

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:08 PM

I agree with you on hot, I've never said "hot things up."

Cool is an adverb though. Example from http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/cool is "play it cool." But now I'm trying to think of another answer.



I must admit I'm on thin ice with that one, though you might say it was a colloquial version of "coolly". Not a bad answer, but there is a better one!
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Posted 29 January 2008 - 04:21 PM

Spoiler for how about this word

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Posted 29 January 2008 - 05:57 PM

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Oh very good! Arguably the adverb condition is the toughest one to meet but I'd say you did it there.
However, it is not the answer I had in mind!
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#10 Jkyle1980

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:05 AM

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