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Hyperactive Superior Anterior Temporal Gyrus
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In English, the word "play" has several unrelated meanings. For example, you can play a game, or you can play a musical instrument. German also uses the same word for both of those meanings of "play", even though it's not a cognate. Is there a word for this phenomenon?

Edit: My friend just told me that the Polish word "Dżem" means both something you put on toast, and something you do with musical instruments, just like the word "jam" in English.
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  • Are these symbols Korean or Japanese?

    This was in the garage of a house we moved into. The previous owner had been stationed in Korea and had visited Japan. Would anybody know what…

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    Is there a difference between 諦める and 諦めがつく?

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