Language creates a certain amount of ambiguity and if you disagree read a few words that seem to have no english equivalent.
This is the dance that occurs somewhere between something being unclear and vague and when something is ambiguous and could have multiple intended meanings. Somewhere in there is a clarity that leads to action.
- Rhwe. Tsonga, South Africa – College kids, relax. There’s actually a word for “to sleep on the floor without a mat, while drunk and naked.”
- Ya’aburnee. Arabic – This word means “You bury me,” a declaration of one’s hope that they’ll die before another person because of how difficult it would be to live without them.
- L’appel du vide. French – “The call of the void” is this French expression’s literal translation, but more significantly it’s used to describe the instinctive urge to jump from high places.
- Zeg. Georgian – It means “the day after tomorrow.” Seriously, why don’t we have a word for that in English?
Ambiguity is usually defined as something that is uncertain or lacking in exactness specifically in regards to the meaning in language.
Too Comfortable with Ambiguity leads to a ridiculously impractical and nonsensical life.
If you are unwilling to challenge any idea on its actual meaning I am free to draw any conclusion that my mind can fathom of the two options and sends me into an infinite regression of questions…or you are so hampered by your vagueness that I do not know whether YOU even know what you’re talking about.
- “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – FDR.
- “You’ll have to speak up, I’m wearing a towel” – Homer Simpson
- “Help Wanted” – any small business.
Too Rigid with Ambiguity leads to a narrow and limiting interpretation of language.
If you are looking for a simplistic definition you probably live with a pretty narrow perspective. This means this….and that means that….and I will never see it any other way. We exclude certain conclusions because they just don’t seem to fit in our previous understanding of a certain idea or term. We see the world in black and white terms and as a result cannot fathom that hazy world in between the two. In our world it doesn’t exist.
Which side of the spectrum to you see yourself on and do you have room to change or are you trying to help others see the world from your vantage point?