the meaning of "bat"

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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.

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Yes, that should be a bat for playing games.

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Hi, OP,

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.'

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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.

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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!!!!! :-D
 
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