As writers we need to think about words that have diverse meanings, because that word could lead the reader ‘mentally’ astray. The reader may subconsciously associate a funny or a serious meaning with the character or action. The diversity is both dictionary and regional driven. For example, the word slug could mean a slimy mollusk that leaves a trail of goo wherever it goes. However, if you live in Washington D.C., you will more commonly hear this word referring to the many people who commute to work with strangers, in order that the car’s owner might use the HOV lane and get to work faster.
Think about the word joint which is dissimilar in noun, adjective, and verb form.
– a point at which parts of an artificial structure are joined.
– a structure in the human or animal body at which two parts of the skeleton are fitted together.
– informal, an establishment of a specified kind, especially one where people meet for eating, drinking, or entertainment.
– informal, a marijuana cigarette.
Adjective: shared, held, or made by two or more people, parties, or organizations together.
– provide or fasten (something) with joints.
– cut (the body of an animal) into joints.
What are some other diverse words:
Think about your ‘building blocks’; we can not write without them.