Word of the Week: Obfuscate

Obfuscate is a verb, but can be used as a noun, obfuscation or an adjective, obfuscatory. Defined as to make unclear, obfuscation of a message can be done either on purpose or by mistake. Obfuscation is accomplished by either talking around the subject (circumlocution) or using technical language (jargon). However, sometimes a user will intentionally obfuscate a message to make the communication more secure. 

First used in the early 1500’s, obfuscate is borrowed from the Latin word obfuscāre (to obscure, darken), this word can be further broken down into ob- (over, completely)  and fuscus (dark-colored, somber). 

Cloud, confuse

Not wanting to tell the truth, Mayra’s explanation only served to obfuscate the story.

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