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12 August 2009 @ 05:40 pm
Hypothetical question (in that the relevant conversation took place probably 10 years ago)  
Suppose someone writes something in a public forum. Anything, it doesn't really matter.

Suppose I respond by saying, "That's kind of ambiguous. I think you mean XYZ, but it could also mean UVW or even RST. Could you clarify, please?"

Suppose the person did mean XYZ.

Is that person justified in saying, "If you understood I meant XYZ, the original statement was not ambiguous and you're just showing off"?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
QKat: Ping Pong Kitty by fusion lovesyouladyqkat on August 12th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of a quote that was common in my family: I know you believe you understand what you think I said, but what you heard was not what I meant.

When a statement leaves itself open to other interpretations, confirming intent or asking for clarity is not "showing off", but stating that the questioner is "showing off" is rather harsh and judgmental.