Date: Thu Nov 21 01:51:49 EST 1996
Subject: A.Word.A.Day--amphibology \.am(p)-f*-'ba:-*-je-\ n [ME amphibologie, fr. LL amphibologia, alter. of L amphibolia], fr. Gk amphibolos 1: ambiguity in language 2: a phrase or sentence ambiguous because of its grammatical construction - called also amphiboly

Baran, James, Predators and parasites in Le Pere Goriot, Vol. 47, Symposium, 04-01-1993, pp 3. "It is also possible to find in this paradoxical representation of man as both predator and parasite yet another instance of the modernist instability and amphibology of Balzac's characters."