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ChanteSez … Get clear about when to use ‘ambiguous’

26 Sep

Monday’s “Jeopardy!” show gave me the inspiration for today’s ChanteSez.

People often get “ambiguous” and “ambivalent” confused.

  • Ambiguous = unclear, something that could have a couple different meanings
  • Ambivalence = contradictory feelings, something that could go either way

Depending on the situation, you could have a “big” misunderstanding if something is ambiguous.

And sometimes, there are no two ways about a situation. Here’s an example:

Although she had remarried, the way she smiled at her ex-husband was ambiguous. Her current husband didn’t hold any ambivalence. He didn’t like it one bit.

Use “big” as your memory aid to know which word to use.