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For some, I am just fish

For others however, I'm deadly

In Japan, I can be both, or neither.

When two letters are changed,
I turn from killing into healing one

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ My instinct tells me this puzzle employs the use of different languages and translations of the word fish and deadly, but I could be wrong $\endgroup$ – Gordon Allocman May 9 '16 at 15:52
  • $\begingroup$ @GordonAllocman You are right; I figured it might be fair to add the language tag. However, it is not impossible to solve the puzzle without knowing the other language involved. $\endgroup$ – wythagoras May 9 '16 at 15:54
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I'm not sure, but I'll just give it a shot. Is the answer:

Pois(s)on?

For some, I am just fish

The French word for fish is poisson

For others however, I'm deadly

In English, poison is deadly

In Japan, I can be both, or neither

In Japan a poisonous fish (Fugu) is a delicacy, which might explain part of this line. Not sure though.

When two letters are changed,
I turn from killing into healing one

When you change poison into potion, it becomes something healing

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  • $\begingroup$ This is the correct answer! Last part of the third sequence: poison, or something that sounds similiar, is not fish or poison in the Japanese language. $\endgroup$ – wythagoras May 9 '16 at 16:31
  • $\begingroup$ In French, poison (single s) means the same as in English, by the way. It only means fish when adding a letter, not because of switching languages, which weakens the point a bit.Although I can feel a similar question coming up about des(s)ert... $\endgroup$ – oerkelens May 10 '16 at 8:23

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