[Ads-l] fuzz - ambiguity

Joel Berson berson at ATT.NET
Mon Jun 12 10:50:16 EDT 2017

Seems to me, when one finally deciphers the fuzz (= obscurity, long-windedness) of the post, it is exactly what I proposed from the OED -- "indistinctness, lack of focus, blurriness".  That is,


      From: Clai Rice <cxr1086 at LOUISIANA.EDU>
 Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2017 4:13 PM
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I read in digest so might be late on this. A student forwarded me a FB post suggesting that "fuzz" is either a term of art in intelligence communities or that Comey's usage should be understood specifically in that context (it's a longwinded post with not a little fuzz of its own...). I couldn't find anything else on this in a few minutes googling and I'm not on facebook, but it might provide a lead for someone with more time or resources:

This link typed directly into my desktop browser takes me to an unformatted post.


----- Original Message -----
> From: "Barretts Mail" <mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM>
> Sent: Thursday, June 8, 2017 12:43:41 PM
> Subject: fuzz - ambiguity
> 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


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