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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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~M~je_reviens on August 13th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
Not justified. They "think" it meant XYZ but it could also mean the other things and they are not sure.

Rather than showing off, they are expressing interest.

Then again I have a grad school professor who constnatly writes XYZ that could also mean ABC or LAJKDSJDFKASJ and it's a constant frigging crap shoot if I will get his meaning.