Originally Posted by Turtle91
Been married for 20 years...been there and done that...and I agree that it is definitely one way of thinking about it. But it is definitely not the only way...or even the first way that comes to mind. It is all based on the context of the sentence and the context of the conversation.
Agreed, the context is essential. If someone says "Does this sentence need a period or an exclamation mark?" No one is confused because the word 'period' also means menstruation. Similarly, over in the UK, they use 'swede' instead of 'rutabaga'. If someone says "I'm going to eat a swede for dinner," people don't spend time considering the possibility that they are talking to a cannibal.