How do you pronounce the following word.
(Is it "polish" or "polish"? No way to tell - according to Isaac Asimov.)
If it's Polish and therefore related to the country, it should be capitalised and pronounced Poe-lish (Rhyming with Edgar Allen's surname). "Kabanos is a Polish sausage."
If it's polish and means putting a shine on something, then uncapitalised and pronounced poll-ish, with the 'o' sound the very short one you get in the name Polly. "Polish your shoes! They're dirty."
I don't really see Azimov's problem. Scratches head...
(ETA : We British seldom shine our shoes, btw. We polish, not Polish, them.)