Monday, October 8, 2007
Nerd Girl Word Freak
Few things give me more geekish pleasure than stumbling across a word that sends me scrambling for my dictionary.
So, there I was, minding my own business when, WHAM! This woman being quoted in an article about how the "Shanghai Tunnels" under downtown Portland may have a much less sinister history after all whips out this magnificent beauty from her own personal lexicon.
And now, I present to you, the word of the day:
obfuscate: 1. To make so confused as to be difficult to understand. 2. To render indistinct or dim.
Pronunciation? The "o" is short, the "u" is a schwa... you know the sound made by that funny upside-down "e" thing. C'mon, people, "SCHWA!" It's First Grade English.
Thank you, Jacqueline Peterson Loomis, for your outstanding contribution in the ongoing fight to keep delicious, tantalizingly archaic words alive in the age of Newspeak.
And with that, I had better cease and desist lest I belabor the point into obfuscation... ahhhh... nice!