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Word of the Day: Obfuscate

Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...

Today's word is:

obfuscate

|ˈäbfəˌskāt|

verb [ trans. ]

  • Render obscure, unclear, or unintelligible : the spelling changes will deform some familiar words and obfuscate their etymological origins.
  • Bewilder (someone) : it is more likely to obfuscate people than enlighten them.

ORIGIN: late Middle English : from late Latin obfuscat- 'darkened,' from the verb obfuscare, based on Latin fuscus 'dark.'

Dam (Damson_Rhee) approached me yesterday, and asked if I had used this word before, I told her "nope, but I'll use it tomorrow" and that's about it. I dig the first example of the word, since it's something that occurs a lot when new words are adopted from one language to another, case in mind most of the colloquial words in Spanish.

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