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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"?
 
 
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nightshade1972nightshade1972 on August 12th, 2009 10:39 pm (UTC)
I believe ladyqkat and ororo are correct. If the statement *could* be interpreted a couple of different ways, and you ask for clarification so that the meaning is *clear* to you, that's not "showing off", that's you trying to fully understand the other person's POV. "Showing off" would be doing something to deliberately make the other person look bad. Maybe that's what they meant--they thought you were "trying to make them look stupid" by asking for clarification.