ESGS Logical Fallacies



Also called Amphibology.

An amphiboly occurs when the construction of a sentence allows it to have two different meanings.


This is fallacious because the ambiguity of the sentence must be cleared before anyone can understand.


Last night I shot a burglar in my pyjamas.

The Oracle of Delphi told Croseus that if he pursued the war he would destroy a mighty kingdom. What the Oracle did not mention was that the kingdom he destroyed would be his own.

Save soap and waste paper.




Identify the ambiguous phrase and show the two possible interpretations.

© ESGS, 2002.