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Clear sighted

There is a fad to describe something that is clear as being transparent or, more usually, something that is unclear as not transparent, as in “the charging structure is not transparent” rather than “the charging structure is not clear”.

The point about transparency is that you can see through it to something on the other side, not, particularly, that you can see inside it. The thing inside is usually of no consequence.

But in the new way of using transparent, people specifically mean to draw attention to what is inside. The word “clear” is shorter and is the correct word.

The irony of this is that those who bang on about transparency do so because they believe the matter under discussion is not clear, yet they use a word that defeats the point they are trying to make.

Peter Hope

Buckminster & Company, Salisbury, Wiltshire


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