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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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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

?

And I hate dictionaries so here goes nothing...

Is it "WOW"?

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...and I thought of:

cool

And from checking the dictionary... I think "hot" could work as well. I've never used it as a verb, but apparently some British people do.

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Wow and cool:

Not bad guesses, but I wouldn't say they were adverbs...

Keep trying!

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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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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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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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fine

A fine answer, to be sure. :)

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fine

A fine answer, to be sure. :)

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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f***.

He's an ignorant f***. (noun)

He is slow as f***. (adverb)

He is a f*** stick. (adjective)

Go f*** yourself. (verb)

Holy f***! (exclamation)

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f***.

He's an ignorant f***. (noun)

He is slow as f***. (adverb)

He is a f*** stick. (adjective)

Go f*** yourself. (verb)

Holy f***! (exclamation)

LOL, no that isn't it! (still a bit dodgy on the adverb)

OK, for anyone still interested, here's the answer:

WELL!

Noun: I dug a well

Verb: Tears well up in my eyes

Adjective: I am fit and well

Adverb: You did well

Exclamation: Well! (well I never)

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