Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Stuff That's Hard to Figure Out

If a statement is ambiguous, it has two mutually applicable meanings. "Obscure" implies that the expression is undecipherable because it is confusing. A cryptic statement is too short to be enlightening, perhaps intentionally so. An enigmatic phrase is intriguing but only mysteriously suggestive, not clear. "Abstruse" and "recondite" refer to difficulty in understanding caused by arcane words and reference to little known facts.

Thanks to Your Dictionary Dot Com's Word of the Day for teaching me how to be confused.

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