[Ads-l] fuzz - ambiguity

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jun 8 13:43:41 EDT 2017


James Comey, former director of the FBI, gave testimony to Congress today that will probably be summarized on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Comey <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Comey>).

In his testimony was the term “fuzz” meaning ambiguity, a meaning not covered in the online Oxford Dictionaries or Wiktionary: 

“There should be no fuzz on this whatsoever”

Merriam-Webster has already tweeted on this, saying, "We're a little fuzzy on Comey's usage”

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4583766/Comeys-testimony-uncomfortable-spotlight-Trump.html <http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4583766/Comeys-testimony-uncomfortable-spotlight-Trump.html>
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-comeys-lordy-no-fuzz-comments-spark-multiple-reactions-twitter-1011470 <http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/james-comeys-lordy-no-fuzz-comments-spark-multiple-reactions-twitter-1011470>
http://deadline.com/2017/06/james-comey-hollywood-reactions-seagulls-fuzz-1202109581/ <http://deadline.com/2017/06/james-comey-hollywood-reactions-seagulls-fuzz-1202109581/> (“whatsoever” misspelled)
http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-key-moments-from-james-comey-s-1496938330-htmlstory.html <http://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-key-moments-from-james-comey-s-1496938330-htmlstory.html>

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA
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