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    "Absolute Synonymy"

    Is absolute synonymy actual realized?

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    Re: "Absolute Synonymy"

    Quote Originally Posted by alamrym View Post
    Is absolute synonymy actual realized?
    It depends on your definition of 'synonymy'. In a strict definition (1:1 equivalence in meaning and use) I don't think it's possible; in a more sensible definition (approximate correspondence in a range of contexts) it is (but in that case, the term 'absolute' no longer applies).

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    Re: "Absolute Synonymy"

    It may be that some synonyms that relate to flora and fauna approach absolute synonymy.

    For instance:

    1. thylacine/Tasmanian wolf
    2. yarrow/milfoil
    3. dunnock/hedge sparrow
    4. bumblebee/dumbledore

    But you might say that while e.g "dunnock" relates to the bird's colour, "hedge sparrow" relates to its habits; so the focus in each name differs.

    MrP

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