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“I'll tell you one thing, and then... I'll tell you another.
~ Anonymous on ambiguity

“Ambiguity can save face the music box me in innuendo and out the other. Therefore, look before you "leap year" in and year out and about face, forward march, of the penguins.”
~ Oscar Wilde on saving "Ambiguity can save Face, the music box" (the musical)

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Ambiguity is something which can be considered in many ways. Some think of it in a certain fashion, while others think of it in a completely different fashion. Still others consider it differently. Ambiguity, at some point, became something in some sense, probably because of some historical, categorical, contrarian, communitarian, agrarian, librarian, social, linguistic, moralistic, religious, litigious, prestigious, prodigious, scientific, heuristic, naturalistic, supernatural, ultranatural, existential, espistemological, biological, deontological, geological, methodological, atavistic, nominalistic, deterministic, stochastic, elastic, thermoplastic, onomastic, unenthusiastic, anagocical, psychological, diabolical, allegorical, metaphorical, pragmatic, semiotic, patriotic, memetic, dialectic, eclectic, dyslectic, hectic, apoplectic, abnormal, paranormal, semi-formal or other pretense; if not a combination of none or more of the above and beyond.

Possibly the History of Ambiguity


This question mark could mean any one of several things, many of which are inherently self-contradictory.

At some point in time, a certain something, or someone, had some property or other, while another did not. This led to something occuring, or perhaps failing to occur. There were many possible results derived from these events, some of which may or may not have occurred. The events themselves also led to certain results which may or may not have manifested themselves by the present time, which (temporally speaking) could be at any point between the occurrence of the event and the time at which you read these words, which may or may not have been written by someone (or something) in response to those events. There is also a possibility that the person who did the thing at that one point in time had some sort of effect which led to something as well.

However, critics have pointed out that this is completely open to interpretation.



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For other meanings of ambiguity, see Disambiguation.

Ambiguity differs from ambiguation in many important ways, as well as some unimportant ways. In some ways, however, it is exactly the same as ambiguation. One definition may hold that ambiguity is a proper noun that is often used as an adjective, whereas ambiguation is a improper or "transitive" noun that is often used as a transitive verb - for example, "the ambiguation of this article is highly ambiguous in its insistence on maintaining its own internal state of ambiguity." Others disagree with this hypothesis, insofar as it lacks any genuine coherency whatsoever.


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Getting to the Point

Forget everything you have read up to this point. For this is the point at which we, finally, gratefully and exhaustedly get to, yes, the point.

Getting to the point, in this context is, I am sure you will agree, an important point to consider. Even Derek Point's pet pointer would point out the point concerning this point which, pointedly, perhaps, remains pointless at this point. Who is Derek Point? He's a champion Pointer breeder from Dagenham, Essex. But that is beside the point.

What was the point again? Ah, yes, ambiguity. That's the point. So it seems that we've got to the point after all. Well, that's good. It should clear up a few misunderstandings around here, anyway. Or maybe not. I don't know. What the heck am I saying?

Ostensibly A Simple Explanation of Ambiguity

Here at Uncyclopedia, there are a lot of things. It is also common for answers to only come with a fair amount of searching. In order to best describe the kinds of things that Ambiguity might be all about, several people of the science-minded-type have been spoken to for reseach-like purposes. One of them came into the area, and at first caused some fearful emtions among the researchers. That was until he began his speech thus:

"Hello. I am a trained scientist. Do not be alarmed. I am not wearing any dangerous clothing. I am here to explain to you, the reader, in simple and clear terms, what ambiguity is all about.

Having set some people at ease, the science-y individual continued much in the following manner:

"Ambiguity is a highly complex phenomenon that is perhaps best explained by means of a metaphor drawn from the world of balloon animals. Imagine if you will, a common or garden wardrobe. Well, not a garden wardrobe. Anyone who puts a wardrobe in their garden has got to be a real idiot. Forget I said that. I'll start again.
"Ambiguity is a highly complex phenomenon that is perhaps best explained by means of a metaphor drawn from the world of balloon animals. Imagine a common wardrobe in an ordinary bedroom. Now, you open the wardrobe and look inside, but instead of finding a bunch of dank and musty clothing, you notice that there is a whole other world on the other side of the wardrobe.
"Curious now, you step inside and close the door behind you. Your new world is full of flowing streams and valleys and trees and birds. It is an enchanting world, but very dark. Fumbling for a light switch, you find one and 'click!', on goes the light and you turn and find yourself surrounded by thousands of balloon animals."

That's when the others came from where they were. All at once they shouted out 'Surprise!' in unison and started dancing and singing and chanting: "So, now you know... So, now you know...".

That, in a nutshell, is ambiguity.

The Future of Ambiguity?

One thing is certain: Ambiguity will always be a part of human existence, though perhaps only a small part. However, it may become a very large part, assuming is isn't already. Indeed, the difficulty in ascertaining the likelihood of ambiguity's future success makes its future highly uncertain, which seemingly contradicts the certainty of ambiguity's role in human existence. Without question, further study is desperately needed. Or is it?!?! dun dun dun!!!!

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