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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 10th March 2024
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obfuscated (adjective and past tense) OB-fuss-kay-ted

Bewildered, confused, unclear, drunk, cast into darkness.

As for uncle Pullet, he could hardly have been more thoroughly obfuscated if Mr. Tulliver had said that he was going to send Tom to the Lord Chancellor; for uncle Pullet belonged to that extinct class of British yeoman who, dressed in good broadcloth, paid high rates and taxes, went to church, and ate a particularly good dinner on Sunday, without dreaming that the British constitution in Church and State had a traceable origin any more than the solar system and the fixed stars.

George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss. Amazon

This half of the story works less well; Freyl's voice is not always clear, regularly obfuscated by tangential musings on the inadequacies of the many legal and corporate systems Brady details.

Stella Duffy, Guardian, 23 April 2005, Guardian
reviewing Joan Brady's Bleedout. Amazon

Though metaphysics may have provided Mr. Adler with the relief he sought for a bumpy career and for the death of his son Christopher, the relevant issues of his book are obfuscated rather than clarified by his philosophy.

David Kaufman, The New York Times, 26 August 1990, New York Times
reviewing Richard Adler and Lee Davis's You Gotta Have Heart. Amazon

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