Ambiguity

[Revised entry by Adam Sennet on February 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Fun fact: the word 'ambiguous', at least according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is
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[Revised entry by Adam Sennet on February 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Fun fact: the word 'ambiguous', at least according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is ambiguous between two main types of meaning: uncertainty or dubiousness on the one hand and a sign bearing multiple meanings on the other. I mention this merely to disambiguate what this entry is about, which concerns a word or phrase enjoying multiple meanings. In this sense, ambiguity has been the source of much frustration, bemusement, and amusement for philosophers, lexicographers, linguists, cognitive scientists, literary theorists...

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