Words with homonyms in many different parts of speech

2018-02-05 21:01:35

Background

I recently stumbled across the following grammatically correct sentence:

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

This sentence relies on the fact that the word buffalo could be multiple things, and that each of these is used as a different part of speech, namely:

A city in New York (used as a noun adjunct).

The American Bison (used as a noun).

A verb meaning to intimidate of confuse.

The sentence roughly translates to: "Bison from Buffalo, which other bison from Buffalo intimidate, intimidate bison from Buffalo."

There's also a Wikipedia article for this sentence, which explains things more in depth than I do here. On a side note, it has my new favorite title for a Wikipedia article.

Question

With that background, my question is "What word in the English language can be used in the most different parts of speech?".

Notes

I'm looking for homonyms, so while there are many words that have been verbed recently, they don't c

  • I found this Source which cointain multiple words that answers your question, but I thought of another word, with four uses:

    The word Fine

    It can be:

    Adjective: "this was a fine piece of filmmaking"

    Adverb: "And how's the job-hunting going? Oh, fine."

    Noun: "a parking fine"

    Verb: "he was fined $600 and sentenced to one day in jail"

    2018-02-05 21:48:06