The Fuzz word
According to New Oxford Dictionary opinion, a word is defined as: a single distinct (?) meaningful element1 of speech or writing; or as: a single distinct (?) conceptual unit of language.
For ‘fuzzy’ read: unclear, frayed, foggy, vague, cloudy, indistinct or incomplete, therefore uncertain.
A fuzz word is an element2 of speech or writing that is ambiguous, indeed, multiguous, thus vague, because it has multiple meaning.
A fuzz word appears initially to a naïve, undecided hearer (or reader) as meaningful because he/she does not discriminate. What the naïve hearer (or reader) does is superimpose his/her own meaning, derived from her/his own experience, upon the word, thereby making it distinct.3
In fact, every word4 is fuzzy in that every word merely vaguely represents an ongoing and ever varying personal experience but is not actually that experience. A word is an arbitrary sound bite (or scratch mark) on an arbitrary map that is not an actual territory. Hence the meaning of a word4 changes from territory (i.e. from user or circumstance) to territory (i.e. to user or circumstance).
A word is fuzzy if and when it conveys multiple meanings or concepts so that it can mean anything one wants it to mean. Obviously, such words as ‘home’, ‘I’, ‘car’, ‘fish’, ‘Brexit’, ‘heaven’, ‘soul’ ‘God’ are fuzzy since all the former have multiple meanings.
A fuzz word is created to describe a fuzzy experience. Since the fuzz word presents as a single unit5 it initially appears distinct, thereby suggesting that the experience (hence personal meaning) it symbolises is also distinct. However, once understood as fuzzy the word cannot be processed to closure thereby leaving the individual in a kind of trance or coma during which he or she cannot respond.6
A (relative) non-fuzzy word becomes (relatively more) fuzzy if and when it acquires many different meanings or none derived from many different experiences or none.
A fuzzy word becomes non fuzzy if and when it is examined discretely and its meaning is decided.7 Hence, ‘the devil8 is in the detail’ and ‘God9 is in the grand fuzz.’
The advantage of using a fuzz word is that it creates multiple choice options. Its disadvantage is that it offers no clear outcome.
Politicians and priests who seek to control and manipulate their charges use fuzz words10 (fundamentally red herrings) deliberately either to indicate a general but uncertain direction to be followed (or experience to be achieved), thereby avoiding a clearly defined goal and so responsibility of both parties for failure. Or they use fuzz words to confuse or create anxiety or fear,11 the latter function being their primary mode of softening up the already confused and anxious, thereby sustaining or increasing control and power over them.
© 2014 by Victor Langheld
1. The word ‘element’ is a fuzz word because it has multiple meaning and so is undecided, vague, uncertain, incomplete and so on. Its very fuzziness (or ambiguity, actually multiguity) gives it increased (creative) application flexibility.
2. An element, i.e. a quantum of identifiable realness, presents as dynamic emergent. All dynamic emergents, such as the human, the dung-beetle, the bacterium or the entire universe (as ever changing processes) are fundamentally fuzzy. They are un-fuzzed by momentary quantisation.
3. He/she arbitrarily quantises the fuzzy field/process of the observed by quantising his/herself, i.e. by stilling or stopping his/herself as dynamic process.
4. Every dynamic emergent.
5. i.e. as a quantum that is capable of 1 to 1 transaction or contact.
6. It’s for this reason that politicians and priests communicate with fuzzy words and fuzzy concepts since both cannot be closed (i.e. decided) and thereby impeded the hearers’ decision making capacity.
7. The undecided hearer is trapped and cannot move on.
8. i.e. the light bringer, i.e. enlightenment that defines detail and so permits closure and completeness.
9. i.e. the darkness bringer, i.e. endarkenment that keeps open and incomplete.
10. Fuzz words are fundamentally red herrings.
11. i.e. resulting from non-closure, incompleteness, non-decision and so uncertainty. signalled with increased disress.