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Definition 3, "a type of cake" seems wrong to me. I don't think I've ever heard a sponge cake called "a sponge", and if I answered the question "What's for dessert?" with "A sponge.", I'd expect people to understand I meant definition 2, despite the context clues.

In my experience, people call that dessert "a sponge cake", never "a sponge".

  • Maybe it's a British thing. See, for example, [1]


It seems that the verb sponge in the meaning to beg is limited to the present participle. Is that correct? —This unsigned comment was added by (talk).

Why not past? Rklawton 04:56, 21 August 2006 (UTC)