Riddles: An Excellent Tool For Discerning Language Ambiguity

Riddles are word puzzles that can easily be solved by those who have developed a fair, to exceptional level of comprehending the language used. Most often, an exceptional understanding means having knowledge of word meanings including any form of ambiguity that a word possesses. Ambiguity after all, is that condition when a word or phrase is puzzling because of uncertain or multiple meanings. Ability to discern certain ambiguous forms of the English language is often the key to solving riddles hard or, easy they maybe. It is a matter of acquiring fair knowledge about homonyms, usually in the form of homophones or homographs. In some cases, riddles make use of metaphors, allegories, or idiomatic expressions. That being the case, riddles are excellent tools for honing a learner's language comprehension and composition skills. Ambiguity Defined and Explained A word or phrase is ambiguous if the meaning of the word in use is not completely definite. Sometimes more than one meaning is reflected by a...
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