News of Wales : Unclarity, noun, lack of clarity

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An occasional update of Welsh News : Feb 12th 2008


Unclarity, noun, lack of clarity, obscurity, ambiguity.
Will probably be used in future to describe gobbledegook, or words used by persons who have intention to deceive, ... obscure the truth.


Archbishop of Canterbury, welshman Rowan Williams walked in to the General Synod at Church House, Westminster to answer his critics regarding his recent comments on Shariah law.

He said "But I must, of course, take responsibility for any unclarity in either that text or in the radio interview, and for any misleading choice of words that has helped to cause distress or misunderstanding among the public at large and especially among my fellow Christians."

Where does the word unclarity come from ?

A correspondent to the Timesonline says: " I suspect it comes from the German "Unklarheit" which indicates that Dr Williams has been swimming too much in the deep, but murky, waters of German theology and philosophy: a system of thought where the less you are understood, the more profound you are considered to be. The Archbishop's prose is painful and (I suspect intentionally) obfuscatory. A prime example of academic abstraction. What happened to "let your yes be yes and your no be no, all else comes from the Evil One." ? More >

Another clue to the mindset of  Dr Williams could be the fact that he was born and bred in South Wales and probably went to the same school of gobbledegook as Rhodri Morgan, he of the "Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?"

I apologise most profusely for any unclarity in my comments on this page. My excuse is that I am very clever, probably much too clever for you to understand!

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