The act of avoiding the truth by being obscure, evasive or unclear in the telling of facts.


Derived from Latin obfucatus; ob standing for ‘over’ and fuscare representing the action of darkening.

 The noun ‘obfuscation’ is dated back to the 1500’s and originally referred to the physical\medical occurrence of the darkening of a wound. 30 years later, in the 1530’s, the verb obfuscate was introduced to the English language, already referring to an act of obscuring the truth.

Why this word?

Oh for so many reasons. In no times like these did the modern world experiences such a social collaboration of citizens across the world all fighting for one goal- their civil rights. Toronto, Madrid, Egypt, Israel, USA and many others are witnessing the bright awakening of the masses, for the so-rightful cause of civil future.

Obfuscation is not accidental; it is the deliberate obscuring of the truth as seen these days by world-wide media. Politicians and corrupt reporters paying lip service to governments present these social protests as anything else but what they really stand for.

This word is not an interesting ancient compound, nor does it bare various contradictory meanings, as the words I usually choose; but there is not time like the present to be aware of obfuscation as it reflects us all.

How to use obfuscation?

Although this noun, as well as the related verb, can be used in any case where something is darkened or is being made less clear and obscure, it usually references facts, ideas, important issues and generally- the truth.

Politicians are not the only ones practicing obfuscation; so are your teenage children when asked about their Saturday plans or school attendance.     


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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