eschew obfuscation, espouse elucidation
” Avoid being unclear, support being clear”
verb (used with object)
to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.
ob·fus·cate [ob-fuh-skeyt, ob-fuhs-keyt]
verb (used with object), -cat·ed, -cat·ing.
1. to confuse, bewilder, or stupefy.
2. to make obscure or unclear: to obfuscate a problem with extraneous information.
3. to darken.
es·pouse [ih-spouz, ih-spous]
verb (used with object), -poused, -pous·ing.
1. to make one’s own; adopt or embrace, as a cause.
2. to marry.
3. to give (a woman) in marriage.
verb (used with object)
1. to make lucid or clear; throw light upon; explain: an explanation that elucidated his recent strange behavior.
verb (used without object)
2. to provide clarification; explain.
Communicating effectively is at the very least a challenge when the stakes are high. Even when the subject matter is of fairly low value it can be a confusing mess. The language mixes up the simple to arrive at a stellar mess!
Consider the following…
it’s a hoodie…
A hoodie (also called a hooded sweatshirt or hoody) is a sweatshirt with a hood. They often include a **** sewn onto the lower front, a hood, and (usually) a drawstring to adjust the hood opening, and may have a vertical zipper down the center similar to a windbreaker style jacket. I am sure we could list off the vast number of variants for what most folks consider acceptable as a hoodie. Such a broad term can at times mean we need to clarify which “hoodie” we speak of. Such as the green hoodie with the biohazard symbol on it. Then there is the whole question of whether a hoodie should be considered a jacket.
One word I recently noted in a study text was the honor. For the most part it is used to convey the sense of respect due to a special subject or person. A less common use comes across with the idea to honor ones debts. The sentence in question was similar to this: “God will honor our choices, even our bad ones” Given the sentence there it might be construed that the author was suggesting that God did not care what we did. Clearly this not being the case we chase down the word tree and find its application in the similar vein as one honoring a commitment with a slight twist that God will allow us to honor ours.
Does this mean then we should never break out what I call the 10$ words? I really doubt I could. It is wise though to be aware that we might just create some unintended obfuscation when we seek simple to espouse elucidation..