Last week the Question of the Week was: If Fred has injured one of his feet and he is favoring his right foot which foot is injured?
The results were very close but the left foot won by a small margin taking approximately 54.5% of the votes. This is interesting because sports writers would say it is the right foot that is injured as was the case when it was reported that Tom Brady was favoring his right foot and was wearing a walking boot on that foot.
So how could the results have been so close?
Well, if favoring is defined as treating something as your favorite, when you treat something as your favorite you generally prefer that something.
Thus the phrase can be interpreted in the way that Fred was preferring to use his left foot because his right foot was injured - so he was favoring his left foot.
On the other hand, the phrase could also be interpreted in the way that Fred was preferring not to use his right foot because his right foot was injured - so he was favoring his right foot.