The other day, while driving north on PCH near Long Beach State, I saw a beater of n car driving towards the university with a bumper sticker that said, “Eschew Obfuscation”.
I had a good laugh and thought, “That must be a grad student in the humanities, criticism, or literature.”
For those of you who are scratching your heads, basically it means “give up making things unclear” in opaque language.
From the nice folks at Dictionary.com:
Eschew /ɛsˈtʃu/ [es-choo]
-verb (used with object) – to abstain or keep away from; shun; avoid: to eschew evil.
Origin: 1300-50; ME eschewen < OF eschiver, eschever < Gmc; cf. OHG sciuhen, G scheuchen, shy2
Obfuscate /ˈɒbfəˌskeɪt, ɒbˈfʌskeɪt/ [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.
1525-35; < LL obfuscātus (ptp. of obfuscāre to darken), equiv. to L ob- ob- + fusc ( us ) dark + -ātus -ate1
“Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians.”