What is a circle of confusion?
According to computer vision experts, it's a phenomenon arising from the need for camera apertures with more than infinitesimal width. A rather dull answer, my friends and I feel, for a term that sounds so exciting.
In that spirit, Shobha Vasudevan and I came up with several less technical definitions...
circle of confusion:
When two people have been together for a long time and then split up, their friends form a "circle of confusion." "Should I be friends with him? Or with her?" (In some cases, him or him, or her or her...)
When a person is doing the hula hoop at a party, and their pants fall down, a circle of confusion forms.
The Circle of Confusion is the area through which the Axis of Evil passes.
What you get when one person in a crowded elevator suddenly becomes violently sick. "No, no, you go ahead and help! I insist!"
The Olympic symbol, as drawn by a 2-year-old.
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