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Unequivocally Qualified

Posted by JJ in Doubletake/Doubletalk (Sunday May 21, 2006 at 7:05 pm)

Just to be clear:

adjective leaving no doubt; unambiguous

So when Michael Ignatieff expresses his “unequivocal support” for the present and renewed Canadian mission in Afghanistan, we can surely expect no backpedalling.

Ah, but:

My support for the renewal of the mission is dependent upon believing that this proposal is continuous with, and not a departure from, the existing mission of the former government.

That’s what academics might call a hedge:

noun equivocation; evasion; fudge

Right. So what part of that was unambiguous?

*All preceding definitions are taken from the Oxford English Dictionary

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