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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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Genetypographer on August 12th, 2009 11:27 pm (UTC)
Justified in saying? Sure...

Correct? No!

Suppose I post to a forum, "Rain is falling."

And suppose you and I are still members of a now defunct fannish project in which one of the characters was named simply, "Rain." And the forum is a place where writers of said project discuss plot points... and sometimes just share chit chat.

If you ask me to clarify, "Do you mean that water droplets are descending from clouds in the sky, or do you mean that the fictional character we've both written about has fallen in some way?"

It doesn't matter which I meant, each one is a possible interpretation in the context where I said it. So it is kind of ambiguous. The fact that what I meant and your first guess may be the same is just a matter of chance.