Sunday, 9 December 2012

Abstruse

A complicated mathematical equation
To someone out there, there's nothing remotely abstruse about this illustration.

ABSTRUSE

Adjective. Late 16th century. 
[French abstrus(e) or Latin abstrusus pa. ppl. of abstrudere conceal, formed as ABS- + trudere thrust]

1. Obsolete. Hidden, secret. L16-M-18 
2. Difficult to conceive of or apprehend; recondite. L16

Abstruse is a useful word; I like it. However, its effective use can be scuppered somewhat if the person you're talking to doesn't understand it, therefore rendering your keenly considered rhetoric ... well ... abstruse. 

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