Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

julie-andrews-singingMy word for today was disambiguation, but it’s rather hard to jump into the middle of the meaning when it hinges on the root word, which is ambiguous.

1.  open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal: for example, an ambiguous answer.


airplane- cartoon2. In linguistics it means: exhibiting constructional homonymity; having two or more structural descriptions, as the sequenceFlying planes can be dangerous”.

3. of doubtful or uncertain nature; difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify: a rock of ambiguous character.

4. lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct: for example “an ambiguous shape; an ambiguous future”.


latin-sayingsThe source dates from 1520-30; from Latin: ambiguus, equivalent to ambig (ere) be uncertain (amb- ambi- + -igere combining form of agere to drive, lead, act) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see-ous.

Therefore, disambiguation refers to the removal of ambiguity by making something clear. Whew, that was a doozie!


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