Disambiguation is a new word I learned while working out something to say about the prompt, “notorious.”
It goes like this: I check Google for the definition of notorious just to make sure I have it. I do but only according to Merriam-Webster and Dictionary.Com. In the Urban Dictionary is where I get further enlightened because that has a series of posts defining “notorious” in a completely different way. You revere notorious. You practically worship someone who’s notorious. Like the rapper, Notorious B.I.G.? I Google him. He found success in his genre for five years. But in life, he only made it to 25. I suspect the Merriam-Webster definition applies to this name, but to his fans, he wears a heavy overcoat of the Urban Dictionary meaning.
Can’t go into some of the stuff I read there. Like what notorious “bmg” means to some people. And the plush toys sold on those Urban Dictionary entries. So I looked Chris Wallace (Notorious) up in Wikipedia. His nickname was Biggy Smalls. “Biggy” and “Biggie” are both called a disambiguation. What does that mean?
“Disambiguation refers to the removal of ambiguity by making something clear.Disambiguation narrows down the meaning of words and it’s a good thing. This word makes sense if you break it down. Dis means “not,” ambiguous means “unclear,” and the ending -tion makes it a noun.” [Dictionary.com]
In Wikipedia, Disambiguation is word-sense disambiguation, the process of identifying which meaning of a word is used in context. Disambiguation may also refer to: Sentence boundary disambiguation, the problem in natural language processing of deciding where sentences begin and end.
In the Computer Desktop Encyclopedia disambiguation has a technical meaning: “In language processing, deriving the true intention of a word that has multiple meanings. The word means “to remove ambiguities,” and it is used in text-to-speech, speech recognition and text mining applications. For example, the word “r-e-a-d” is pronounced “reed” in the present tense but “red” in the past tense. A text-to-speech program would have to determine the tense of the word by the rest of the sentence.”
This concept is really well-explained here. I liked it because I was looking for an image and saw the title: “My brother is a trained S.E.A.L.”
I don’t think we really need the word “disambiguation” but this last technical one seems pretty useful and has turned into an entire technical subject that applies to many.
And, since the word “disambiguation” does exist, I’m adding a definition of my own:
(Philosophy) The clarification of meaning, intention, purpose and direction of life or some aspect of life through knowledge and understanding of oneself and others. Eg: I am seeking disambiguation in my life.
Seeking disambiguation can take you almost anywhere.