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A Desperate Japanese Homonym

  • Since Japanese has few sounds, there are so many homonyms.


    Among them, the homonym that has the most number of different meanings is “koushou” (こうしょう).

    Amazingly, “koushou” has 48 different meanings.

    It is very hard for anyone to use all of them well in conversation, but fortunately the most common meanings of “koushou” are just the following three:

    “交渉,” meaning “negotiation.”

    “高尚,” meaning “elegance.”

    “校章,” meaning “school seal.”

    In my opinion, other meanings of “kosho” are professional or very formal, so they’re not usually used.
    「校章」・・・school seal

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