Created By: neoYTPism on August 25, 2010 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on October 20, 2012

Vague Reference

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Parker: Troy! Mac Parker. Ever heard of Planet of the Apes?
Troy: Uh... the movie, or the planet?

Gaston: While the little ones play on the floor with the dogs. We'll have 6 or 7.
Belle: Dogs?
Gaston: No, Belle, strapping boys, like me!
- From Disney's version of Beauty and the Beast

Do We Have This One??

Character A says something whose wording leaves ambiguous what is being referred to, so character B asks, and character A may or may not clarify.

EDIT: Bumped after months untouched to see how it fares now.
Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • August 6, 2010
    The quote gives me an idea of what you mean, but you still need a description. From where I stand, this looks too vague to trope.
  • August 14, 2010
    The trope name itself refers to a concept in writing classes; surely a google search of the name itself should show you what I'm referring to. o.o
  • August 22, 2010
    ^ ...I should have to do a Google search to understand what you mean? [Sorry for belated reply.]

    If you had a few more examples, it might work...
  • August 22, 2010
    The example quote should clarify it enough, Red Wren, but I will see if I can find the exact wording of another example I had in mind.
  • August 23, 2010
    Frankenstein: Because once a nerve fiber is severed, there is no way, in heaven or on earth, to regenerate life back into it. Are there any last questions before we leave?
    Student: Isn't it true that Darwin preserved a piece of vermicelli in a glass case until, by some extraordinary means, it actually began to move with a voluntary motion?
    Frankenstein: Are you speaking of the worm or the spaghetti?
    Student: Why, the worm, sir.
  • August 23, 2010
    A common gag of Dave Barry is to add a clarifier in parentheses to any statement where a pronoun can refer to more than one thing, no matter how obvious the reference. Sometimes, the clarifier even points to the noun other than the obvious subject.
  • August 23, 2010
    We've got Ambiguous Syntax.
  • August 25, 2010
    This would be a sub trope of that @ Andyroid
  • October 20, 2012
    Nope, it's the same thing. This also doesn't have a proper description; discarding.