Word Geek – Camouflage

This month Word Geek explores the origins of the word ‘camouflage’. Nowadays, the term is used broadly as a way of describing something that is disguised, so as to blend in with their surroundings. It became popular in Britain though as a military term during the First World War when soldiers began using materials, such as clothing or pieces of turf, to hide themselves in their environment.

The word itself originates from the French slang word, originally used by thieves, ‘camoufler’ meaning ‘to disguise’ which itself originates from a blend or the French word ‘camouflet’ meaning ‘whiff of smoke in the face’ and the Italian word ‘camuffare’ meaning ‘disguise, deceive’.

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