If you are in doubt about synonyms in English - listen to Monty Python's 'Dead Parrot' sketch. I heard a discussion on the radio recently where it was said that English is one of the few languages where a comedy sketch like this is possible because of the abundance of synonyms and euphemisms. ----- Original Message ----- From: Elias Roustom To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Sent: Saturday, February 20, 2010 5:58 PM Subject: [pure-silver] Re: "archival pigment print" English does have synonyms. There are plenty of different words that mean the same thing even if you don't include the slang that can develop. If they didn't have them, there would be no need for a word for them. That's a matter of some debate - probably endless, but in any case would highlight the justification that can made for the unique and specific uses for each word in the lexicon. There are also many examples of concepts or things that don't exist that we have words for. E.