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Looking up what the name of the game Teekesselchen means, I saw that dict.cc translates it as "homonym". It does, though, seem to be a diminutive of Teekessel (teapot).

Can it really be used to mean "homonym" outside the scope of the game?

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People who know the game will use it informally, not in written speech and it can easily happen that people don't know the game. Personally, I will only use it among my family who played the game with me when I was a child.

Maybe it is comparable to people using "Simon says" in informal speech.

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I would be rather confused by it. I think I've heard of the game once, but never played it and wouldn't be able to link "Teekesselchen" to it. :) Oh, and btw it does not only seem to be a diminutive of Teekessel, it actually is. ;) –  ladybug Jun 7 '11 at 12:23

I've not known the game, until now and I've never heard anyone say "Teekesselchen" as synonym for a homonym. So I would say: no.

otherwise: maybe you can use it, because someone having a clue of homonyms will know the game.

can you try it?

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I'll try it next time I get an opportunity. –  Tim Jun 6 '11 at 14:18

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