A new word came flying at me today from The Nudge Wink Report.



Obfuscation is a form of Obfuscate:

From Webster.com

[ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]


verb (used with object), obfuscated, obfuscating.
1.  to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
2.  to make obscure or unclear:  to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
3.  to darken.


1.  the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand
Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
1530s, from Latin obfuscatus, past participle of obfuscare “to darken,” from ob “over” (see ob-) + fuscare “to make dark,” from fuscus “dark”


I also found this contest regarding the word:

The International Obfuscated C Code Contest

Obfuscate: tr.v. -cated, -cating, -cates.

    1. To render obscure.
    2. To darken.
  1. To confuse: his emotions obfuscated his judgment.
    [LLat. obfuscare, to darken : ob(intensive) + Lat. fuscare,
    to darken < fuscus, dark.] -obfuscation n. obfuscatory adj



Interesting stuff, love this word!  It’s a big word with a lot of meaning.  Thanks to Blogdramedy for the awesome word!



Edited for a broken link

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