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    Why is it called 'The Ambiguous Hour'?


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    Why is it called 'The Ambiguous Hour'?

    Post  Ariah on Fri Jul 31, 2009 5:39 am

    You wanted to know, well here ya go!!!

    People have asked me just what exactly 'The Ambiguous Hour' is about, and how the name was chosen. Here's a little something to help explain that.


      /æmˈbɪgyuəs/ [am-big-yoo-uhs]

    1. open to or having several possible meanings or interpretations; equivocal: an ambiguous answer.
    2. Linguistics. (of an expression) exhibiting constructional homonymity; having two or more structural descriptions, as the sequence Flying planes can be dangerous.
    3. of doubtful or uncertain nature; difficult to comprehend, distinguish, or classify: a rock of ambiguous character.
    4. lacking clearness or definiteness; obscure; indistinct: an ambiguous shape; an ambiguous future.
    1520–30; < L ambiguus, equiv. to ambig(ere) be uncertain (amb- ambi- + -igere comb. form of agere to drive, lead, act) + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous

    Related forms:
    am⋅big⋅u⋅ous⋅ly, adverb
    am⋅big⋅u⋅ous⋅ness, noun

    1. ambiguous, equivocal, cryptic, enigmatic describe conditions or statements not clear in meaning. ambiguous can refer to a statement, act, or attitude that is capable of two or more often contradictory interpretations, usually accidentally or unintentionally so: an ambiguous passage in the preamble. equivocal, usually applied to spoken as well as written language, also means susceptible of two or more interpretations, and it usually suggests a deliberate intent to mislead by avoiding clarity: saving face with an equivocal response to an embarrassing question. cryptic usually refers to intentional obscurity, especially in language, and often implies a private or hidden meaning but stresses resultant mystification or puzzlement: a cryptic remark that left us struggling to interpret his intention. enigmatic focuses on perplexity resulting from a mysterious or imponderable event or utterance, often one of great importance or deep significance: prophetic texts so enigmatic that their meaning has been disputed for centuries. 3. dubious, vague, indeterminate, unclassifiable, anomalous. 4. puzzling, enigmatic, problematic.

    1. explicit. 3. certain. 4. clear, precise, unambiguous.

    The idea to use such a word came from one of the original forum games that was started here on GCR Forums. When the game was started, the first word used was 'conundrum' which for some reason made me think of the word 'ambiguous'. At that time the site was still under construction and I hadn't thought of a name for my show.

    I am somewhat ashamed to admit, that even though I had heard the word 'ambiguous' several times, and even knew the correct spelling, I wasn't clear on the meaning of the word, so I went to a website that always helps me out when I'm confused, and found the information provided above.

    I thought it was uncanny how much that word seemed to match the dizzying flux of my life, and so I decided then that I would call my show The Ambiguous Hour, since even I never really know what's going to happen during the show!

    So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this little tale of origin.




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    Re: Why is it called 'The Ambiguous Hour'?

    Post  Rivkah on Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:29 am

    Ya know, I never did ask you, but I always did wonder why you had chosen that name! Thanks for letting us know ^^

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