True synonyms

Posted by ESC on February 03, 2005

In Reply to: True synonyms posted by GW on February 02, 2005

: : : I seem to remember reading somewhere that the only true synonyms in English are 'Gorse, furze and whin' which all mean exactly the same thing (a yellow-flowered shrub common in Europe, officially known as Ulex europaeus) and have no other meaning and are always completely interchangeable.

: : : Can anyone think of any other words which mean precisely the same thing on every occasion, without even the slightest nuance of a difference?

: : : DFG

: : Nil and zero? Twelve and dozen? Selfish and Republican?

: A slight nuance of difference between a puppy and a Democrat is that sooner or later, the puppy stops whining. GWB

Nuance? Your vocabulary is improving.