Either say "OBB fuh skate" or "obb FUSS kate."
Both ways are correct.
Part of speech:
Usually a transitive verb.
(Like “eat,” “try,” and “want,” all transitive verbs do something to an object.
You eat a banana, try a game, and want a new phone.
Likewise, you obfuscate something.)
Literally, when you obfuscate something, you make it dark.
Figuratively, when you obfuscate something, you make it really confusing--usually on purpose so you can keep people in the dark. You can also obfuscate aperson, meaning you make him or her really confused, but that usage is rare.
obfuscated, obfuscating, obfuscation, obfuscatory
How to use it:
Talk about someone obfuscating the truth, obfuscating an idea, obfuscating an issue or topic, obfuscating a fact, obfuscating history, obfuscating an argument or a point of view, obfuscating the evidence, obfuscating her real intentions, and so on.
You can also skip the grammatical object and just say someone is obfuscating or someone is trying to obfuscate, as in "This terrible news article obfuscates more than it informs," or "Quit obfuscating and tell me your real opinion."
The worst poetry obfuscates; the best creates vivid images in your mind.
Laws are in place to prevent pharmaceutical companies from obfuscating any side effects of the drugs they produce.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "obfuscate" means when you can explain it without saying "darken" or "unclear."
Think of something that you typically don't like to discuss with people, and fill in the blank: “If asked about it, I'll usually obfuscate my (view of/opinions of/ideas about/feelings toward) _____ or just change the subject.”
Example: “If asked about it, I'll usually obfuscate my view of religion or just change the subject.”
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "Guess the real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it." All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. We're playing this in order to appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles, despite how often they are criticized for being sappy, trite, and simplistic.
Yesterday’s answer: “Conflagrant Female” is really “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys featuring Nicki Minaj.
Try this one today: “Emission of a Guttural and Powerful Vocal Expression”
A Point Well Made:
Ptolemy: "When I follow at my pleasure the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth."
1. The opposite of OBFUSCATE is
2. Everyone has that one friend who obfuscates her meaning in every Facebook post--maybe in hopes of generating lots of comments--by saying things like _____.
A. "I absolutely hated last night's episode."
B. "If you're a Yankees fan, just unfriend me right now."
C. "Well, that was... yeah. You know who you are..."
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