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    What's difference "blurry" and "fuzzy"?

    Hi!

    When reading an article, I found some sentence which makes me curious about meaning of adjectives.

    ex) Boundaries of categories have become fuzzy and blurred.

    I looked up English-Korean dictionary. It seems that they have the same meaning. So I wonder that they can have different uses depending on contexts even though they are synonymous or they can be used interchangeably. If the latter is correct, I think in the example above, the use of adjectives is redundant. (Probably, the writer can use both adjectives meaning the same thing in order to emphasize his argument even if it is redundant.)

    Can you please explain what I'm confused about in adjective use?

    Thanks millons in advance

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    Re: What's difference "blurry" and "fuzzy"?

    Not a teacher.

    In the example you cite, the distinction is very small.

    In other contexts, they are not interchangeable. For instance, a stuffed animal or a blanket may be "fuzzy," but it is no blurry. Likewise, a page that has been photocopied three times and faxed from overseas may be "blurry" but it is not fuzzy.

    Blurry means lines are not sharp, and fuzzy means that the covering on a surface (think of a sheep) makes it unclear where the boundaries are.

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    Re: What's difference "blurry" and "fuzzy"?

    Those are great examples, Dave.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's difference "blurry" and "fuzzy"?

    In addition to those examples [], we also talk about fuzzy logic, where you could not replace the word with blurry.

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