Ambiguous notation for stacked powers

I’ve had a bit of “discussion” with my maths friends and they think that it’s obvious that 2 ^ x ^ 2 means 2 ^ (x ^ 2) but I don’t see why it couldn’t mean (2 ^ x) ^ 2.

Seems like everyone thinks it’s so obvious. Can anyone explain why?

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