Watching an NBC program just now. It was one of those spin offs of 48 Hours. "Someone like a Doctor, the state inferred," said the announcer.
The State, in the person of the prosecutor, IMPLIED.
The message encoder Implies. The message decoder Infers. That's the meaning of the two words. I imply. You infer. That's the way it works and not otherwise.
And while we're on it - "Begging the question" does not mean "really wants us to raise the question." Begging the question means to argue in a circular fashion.
I really wish newscasters, some of whom must be intelligent, would get these two simple and unexceptional bits of English grammar correct.
And don't get me started on "sort of unique."