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    optimistic pessimist is offline Senior Member
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    the meaning of "bat"

    Dear all,


    If I just say, "I want a new bat." What kind of bat do you think of?

    My guess is that it depends on what kind of sport I play. If I'm a baseball player, it's a baseball bat; if I'm a table tennis player, it's a bat used for table tennis.

    Thank you!

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    Re: the meaning of "bat"

    Yes, that should be a bat for playing games.

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    Re: the meaning of "bat"

    Hi, OP,

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post

    If I just say, "I want a new bat." What kind of bat do you think of?

    My guess is that it depends on what kind of sport I play. If I'm a baseball player, it's a baseball bat; if I'm a table tennis player, it's a bat used for table tennis.

    OP
    That's right. If you say it to a friend, he'll know what sport you play.

    If you say it to a total stranger you pass in the street, he might say 'Cricket, baseball or table tennis?'

    Or perhaps more likely 'And I should care because. . . ? or 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.'

    Rover

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    Re: the meaning of "bat"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,


    If I just say, "I want a new bat." What kind of bat do you think of?

    OP
    There are a few other possibilities.
    I thought immediately of 2. and 4. of the following:
    Urban Dictionary: bat

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    Re: the meaning of "bat"

    Quote Originally Posted by optimistic pessimist View Post
    Dear all,


    If I just say, "I want a new bat." What kind of bat do you think of?

    My guess is that it depends on what kind of sport I play. If I'm a baseball player, it's a baseball bat; if I'm a table tennis player, it's a bat used for table tennis.

    Thank you!

    OP
    The speaker's habitual sport is a clue, but no more than that. If Roger Federer said he was going to buy a new bat, it wouldn't be a tennis racquet.

    b

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    Re: the meaning of "bat"

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    The speaker's habitual sport is a clue, but no more than that. If Roger Federer said he was going to buy a new bat, it wouldn't be a tennis racquet.

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    I would sincerely hope Roger Federer would never refer to his racquet as a bat!!!!!

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