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Ambiguity (am-bee-gyuu'-ə-tē) is an expression that has more than one meaning. Puns use ambiguity for humorous intent as when Mercutio plays on the meaning of grave when he says, “Ask for me tomorrow, and you shall find me a grave man.” Romeo and Juliet, 3.1.93

Ambiguity is an example of:

I am hurt. A plague o’ both houses!

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I am hurt.
A plague o’ both houses! I am sped.
Is he gone and hath nothing?
What, art thou hurt?
Ay, ay, a scratch, a scratch. Marry, ’tis enough.
Where is my page?—Go, villain, fetch a surgeon.
   Page exits.

No, ’tis not so deep as a well,
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Act 3
Scene 1
Line 93

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A Plague and a Scourge