Ambiguity is a form of incompetence or deception.

The heart of ambiguity is failing to make a distinction between one thing and another, or purposefully leaving something open to interpretation.

Ambiguity as Deception

When using ambiguity as a form of deception, the deceiver relies on the likely interpretation of the duped while relying on another interpretation that the deceiver can use as an excuse if caught. (No, really, I meant this, not that.) See also : bait and switch.

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