mrbea (mrbea) wrote in oral_sects,

semantic ambiguity question

Hi all,

I was wondering if anyone knew of any examples in which lexical and/or semantic ambiguity (at the word or sentence level) had resulted in (or could potentially result in) real-world problems? Or situations/settings in which people ought to be aware of the issue. Admittedly I'm writng a paper on the topic, which is wonderfully interesting but I'm feeling a dirth in the area of what-it-means-to-the-average-person. So far I just have SA as it relates to search engine and automated response programs, possible problems in translation (i.e. for translators at the UN etc), and of course newspaper headlines...but that's about it. Can any one point me in the right direction?
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