Both the words imply and infer suggest that a communication took place, but that there was additional meaning beyond what was directly spoken, written, or gestured. What is the difference?
I beleive that the answer is the sender of the communication (i.e. speaker, author) implies this meaning, while the recipient (i.e. listener, reader) infers it. Is this correct?
i.e.: While my question seems to imply only the need for a yes or no answer, you are free to infer that additional background is welcome.
EDIT: While this question has been asked, answered, accepted, and closed for some amount of time, it continues to receive down votes. It was my first question here at English SE, and I admit I made a rookie mistake; but if you look at my contributions since, they are much improved. So, in an effort to protect my meager reputation here, allow me to try to further illuminate what I was looking for here.
I already knew the standard dictionary definitions of imply and infer. As was mentioned in the comments, I was asking more about the subtleties and shades of meaning. Consider this example:
Alice: Roger makes a lot of mistakes. Bob: Are you trying to infer that Roger is stupid? Alice: No, did you imply that I do think so?
Most of us understand what happened in this conversation. Yet it seems that Alice and Bob have used the two words incorrectly, and it seems a little awkward to read this.
Why is this so?