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[16] and by ambiguity I mean not merely the kind of which I have already spoken, where the sense is uncertain, as in the clause Chremetem audivi percussisse Demean,1 [p. 207] but also that form of ambiguity which, although it does not actually result in obscuring the sense, falls into the same verbal error as if a man should say visum a se hominem librum scribentem (that he had seen a man writing a book). For although it is clear that the book was being written by the man,2 the sentence is badly put together, and its author has made it as ambiguous as he could.

1 See VII. ix. 10.

2 i.e. and not the man by the book!

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