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Old 12-11-2011, 11:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Chronos View Post
There are certainly examples of words with two completely unrelated meanings: "Bear" comes to mind. There's no connection, not even etymological, between "ursine" and "carry".

For the OP, one that almost qualifies is "bit". I don't think that "past tense of bite" and "a small piece" are related to each other, though either might be related to "the part of a harness that goes in a horse's mouth". The computer definition, though, "an amount of information sufficient to distinguish between two possibilities", is more complicated, since it has a dual etymology: In part, it's a portmanteau for "binary digit", but in part, it's also influenced by "a small piece". Does that count as a completely unrelated meaning or not?
Does a drill "bit" come from biting into material?