Smoke gets in your eyes …

Behind_The_Mask_by_Ookami_SeaEmpress

‘Behind The Mask’ by Ookami-SeaEmpress on deviantART

Hiya folks!

I’ve been thinking so long about the title of today’s post on A.W.A.D. selection and I’ve been changing it over and over again. Today’s word evokes something slimy and sneaky, duplicity, double talk.  In Italian, we would use the expression “gettare fumo negli occhi”, literally to blow smoke in someone’s eyes (hence the title).  This post is also about ‘Word Oddity’ (paraphrasing the title of a David Bowie’s world-famous hit) – or should I say ‘false friends’?

But please, be advised not to trust someone who tends to …

equivocate

PRONUNCIATION:
(i-KWIV-uh-kayt)
MEANING:
verb intr.: To be vague or ambiguous, especially in order to mislead.
ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin aequi-/equi- (equal) + vocare (to call), from vox (voice). Earliest documented use: 1590.
USAGE:
The bishop equivocates and wrings his fat hands and procrastinates.”
Susan Wiggs; At the Queen’s Summons; Harlequin; 2012.
The oddity: The word apparently recalls the Italian equivocare, but it is the exact opposite: Someone who equivocates pulls wool over someone else’s eyes, whereas someone who equivoca in Italian is de facto misunderstanding someone else’s speech, ‘receiver’ instead of ‘transmitter’ of a message. In the Italian usage, the message is ‘misinterpreted’, while in English it is expressed so as to ‘be misinterpreted’. It’s like a distortion device was located in turn in the speaker’s mouth (EN) or in the listener’s ear (IT).  Funny, isn’t it?
Behind_the_mask___NOT_FINISHED_by_DWVR
My usual closing remark:
Words are often used as a ‘mask’. They conceal the truth to the listener’s eyes, sometimes they are a ‘brilliant disguise‘  (as The Boss Bruce Springsteen would say), a smokescreen casted to hide the personality of the speaker … or his lack of personality! I selected some pics, which IMO are revealing (sorry for the joke, guys!). By the way, I would like to thank the authors of these images, all picked from deviantART: when art meets application!  for helping me express my thoughts on today’s issue. Your contribution is precious!
See you soon …
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3 responses to “Smoke gets in your eyes …

  1. Sono stato molto contento di aver trovato questo sito. Voglio dire grazie per il vostro tempo per questa lettura meravigliosa! Io sicuramente mi sto godendo ogni post e ho gia’ salvato il sito tra i segnalibri per non perdermi nulla!

  2. Ottimo, articolo davvero interessante, era proprio quello che cercavo! Grazie per lo spunto!

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