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This between becomes a bury (meanings change when stresses vary). What word is it?




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Answer: inter

As a prefix (stress on the first syllable) inter means "between"; as a transitive verb (stress on the second syllable) inter means "to bury."

[Mootguy: Thanks to Jack Ognistoff for a great MooT question.]

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While certainly knowing what "inter" means, i.e. both between and bury", I never thought of both acceptances at the same time. Thanks anyway.
jowolfar at yahoo.com.ar
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And if there were a net used as a burial shroud, it might be called an inTER net...
JonAlexandr at aol.com
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Great question! Tricky!
belstrauss at yahoo.com
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Reminds me of invalid - not valid - and invalid - person suffering from disease or disability. Just a matter of which syllable you stress.
j4tay2001 at yahoo.com
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Whether this is standard American pronunciation or not, I've heard quite frequently here on the east coast a stress difference that takes place depending upon which noun the adjective is modifying. CERebral palsy and ceREbral hemorrhage.
vsv818 at comcast.net
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To get pedantic on you, strictly speaking the first "inter" is not a word, but a morpheme--an indivisible semantic unit which . It isn't a word since it can't stand on its own. The second "inter" is both a word and (at least, I think so) a morpheme. Thus, the better (but granted, more pedantic) question would be "What semantic unit is it?"

[Mootguy: True. For simplicity's sake, I stuck with "word" because MooT is a game, not a treatise.]
jacko at lycos.com
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I concur with the MooTguy: thank you mister Ognistoff.
voltzt at lafayette.edu
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This was a fun one! I got it in about 15 seconds, which I think is pretty good. Technically, all words are free morphemes (with the exception of things like borrowed latinate phrases such as "quid pro quo"--quo is not a "word", it behaves more like a syllable); "inter" is a bound morpheme that cannot stand alone. But since most people are not linguistics scholars, it's ok to call it a "word" for the sake of the riddle. Thanks to everyone for the interesting discussion.
redgilette at yahoo.com
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