Which is the smallest word in English language with the broadest meaning?

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@sreevasu (2717)
India
April 10, 2007 7:31am CST
In your opinion which is the smallest/shortest word in English with the broadest/widest meaning? How small is the word and how broad is its meaning?
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• India
10 Apr 07
Smallest word in english is "I" and it needless to speak it's broadest meaning.The word and meaning-everyone knows it, and is bound to it.Everything happens for it.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
10 Apr 07
Thank you Ashok for responding. I think what you said is partially correct.
@sreevasu (2717)
• India
21 Apr 07
Ashok, I waited for a best response for more than two weeks. As I said earlier your response was partially correct. My suggestion to the other part is about the broadness of the word "I". The part which I disagree is that you said "the word and meaning - everyone knows". This need not be correct. Everyone speak the word "I" with a special meaning of their own. The "I" you say is different from the "I" someone else say. So the meaning of 'I' differ from person to person. Anyway thanks once again.
• India
8 May 07
Thank you very much for awarding a best response.this has given me more energy.
@mimpi1911 (25474)
• India
11 Apr 07
i really appreciate this post sreevasu. it's quite different and thought provoking. 'I', as the first response points out, could be the one. another word could be 'yes'. i think, it has greater implications than we can even think of. apparently a very simple and widely used word, it can actually change the whole life of a person. YES is used as an affirmation, it means a thumbs up and a likeable happy ending. on the flip side, a simple YEs or a green signal can destroy a whole civilation!! can you beat it?
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
14 Apr 07
Mimpi, dear, if I go with 'yes' what about 'no' then? Being considered as opposite of 'yes', 'no' is also as wide as 'yes' Isn't it? Thank you so much in appreciating the discussion and responding sincerely.
@mimpi1911 (25474)
• India
8 May 07
you are right, i agree totally. thanx
@mskzalameda (4036)
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
what do you mean smallest? because i think the smallest have some specific details about the height. do you mean shortest? i think the shortest word in the english language would be "free". it is used broadly. many meanings it covers. free can be defined as no specific cost, free from restrict, free from colonizers.. very broad meaning it has.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
14 Apr 07
Msk, I think small goes with size and short and long go with length/distance. Anyway you got the point. I admit 'free' covers many meanings.. thank you for responding
@DeaXyza (577)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Well if you ask me it is "WE" a we can accomplish so many things that it is very much endless to count. Any sentence that has a "we" in it with people believing in the "we" is sure winner all the way, there no stopping to anything or any accomplishment if a "we" is there. "We" can move mountains, build bridges, change the way the world thinks, lives, imagines, works and sleeps if everyone can think in the broad term of being a "we". I guess I need not broaden it anymore.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
11 Apr 07
We, is a good suggestion. We can be considered for short as well as broad. Thank you for responding DeaXYZa
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I think the smallest word in English with the broadest meaning would be "art" Why art ? because there are so many definitions of what art is. Graphic Art, Language Arts, Commercial Art, Framed Art, Art of Dance. I could go on for days. Art is classified as "the products of human creativity; works of art collectively" or "the creation of beautiful or significant things or a superior skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation" or even "photographs or other visual representations in a printed publication" Once again I could go on for days. Art to me is probably the shortest word with the broadest meaning because there is no one true definition of art. Art is the the eyes of the beholder, the user, the professional, the world.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
11 Apr 07
I appreciate the dimensions you go with art. Yes art is as wide as the universe and we can say the world, the whole universe itself is an art. Every visual, every sound comes under art. Thank you friend for responding.
@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
10 Apr 07
Is there a correct answer to this? Well, I was originally going to "I" too since I think I've heard this one before but personally, I think the smallest word with the broadest meaning is "love". Because it could embrace every kind of love possible. Besides, no matter how you define love, I think it can never be put to words so that's why I think it has the broadest meaning.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
10 Apr 07
I admit that love can never be put to words, but still there are smaller words than 'love' which cannot be put into words. Thank you Natalie for responding