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pol·y·se·ma·ni·a  n [ POLYSEMY + MANIA ; syncope of polyseimania: compare mineralogy] (1985) an abnormal awareness of possible ambiguity; an uncontrollable tendency to bring to mind the inappropriate or unintended sense of a word in any context.

From an article Polysemania, Semantic Taint, and Related Conditions by John Ellison Kahn, appearing in Verbatim®, The Language Quarterly, Vol. XII, No. 3 Winter 1986.

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Don Ricklin, Updated March 30, 2007