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Re: Keeping Track of Ambiguity in your Conlang?

From:Tim May <butsuri@...>
Date:Friday, August 30, 2002, 20:16
Roberto Suarez Soto writes:
 > On Aug/30/2002, bnathyuw wrote:
 > ["Cleave"]
 > > one means 'to cling to, be firmly attached to'
 > > the other means 'to split, divide'
 >         I knew one of its meanings from "meat cleaver" (a weapon there
 > was in a MUD I played long ago :-)), but didn't know the other. I think
 > I have never heard or read any use of "cleave" meaning "to cling to" :-m
 > Has it some special use, or is it mainstream?

It's not in _common_ use exactly (in my experience), and you're
perhaps more likely to see it used metaphorically, but I'm not aware
of any particular specialized use.

I think this sense generally requires the preposition "to", though, so
ambiguity is rare.