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Consider the following meanings for the English word butt:
the target of a joke (He was always the butt of any practical joke in the office);
a cigarette end (Please donít throw your butts in the gutter);
a large cask for wine (Falstaff could drink a butt of wine at a single sitting);
an archery target (The arrow hit the exact centre of the butt)
the blunt end of a rifle (The soldier hit me in the back with the butt of his rifle)
How would you arrange these in terms of homonymy / polysemy? (One polysemous word with four related meanings? Four separate homonyms? Two homonyms, each with sets of related meanings? etc.) Give supporting argument for your decision.
Given that this sounds like an assignment, what are your thoughts on the issue?