The obscure word of the week is scumbling

This week’s obscure English word is scumbling.

It’s a wonderful sounding word, isn’t it. All kinds of potential for scurrilous onomatopaea – maybe. Actually, it has a fairly ordinary meaning, if it a bit technical. It’s an art term and means to alter the image, either by adding a thin layer of opaque or patchy paint to alter the contrasts, or to change a drawing by adding charcoal or pencil to soften it. That’s scumbling. And what a great word. Has a kind of ring to it.

Your challenge: make up a sentence using this word, in the comments.

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One thought on “The obscure word of the week is scumbling

  1. You’re right, it is a great word. It should be a cookery term, or maybe a law-enforcement metaphor (similar to “money laundering”). And close to its real meaning, there’s what I do when putting together images on Canva — increasing transparency to blur something. Or even when you edit a photo by scribbling over an unwanted detail with the neighbouring colour. You can scumble digitally!

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