squinting modifier
Definition - A modifier that seems to point in two ways at once.

Example -
I feel subconsciously Hamlet wanted to die.
(In the above you can't tell whose subconscious feelings or desires they are: Does Hamlet subconsciously want to die or does the author subconsciously feel that Hamlet wanted to die.)

Etymology -
There is no OED entry for this term. I found it and its definition in the Third Edition of the Concise English Handbook by Hans P. Guth. I haven't seen it used anywhere else. If you know of any other examples of its use, please use the form below to let me know.



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