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Jun 30 2019 24

Polysemy is a noun that means possibility of many meanings for a word.

Our word of the day has a fairly recent origin. It combines the Greek prefix ‘poly’ for ‘many’ and the Greek ‘simadi’ (see MA dee) meaning ‘sign.’ 

I encourage my students to use simple words in their writing. Polysemy can often cause unintended ambiguity.