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    Is 'Checkered' used when you blur out someone's face?

    Hi there,

    Can we use the words 'checkered' or 'checked' when someone's face is blurred out in a photo out of respect or privacy?

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    Re: Is 'Checkered' used when you blur out someone's face?

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    Hello, Mehrgan:

    Maybe you are looking for the verb "to pixilate." (My dictionary gives two other spellings.)

    Just the other morning, I turned on my TV and saw a report of a pilot who had been shot down over ____. They showed his face, but the picture had been pixilated below the waist. I can only guess that in being shot down, the pilot had lost part of his clothing, or maybe his captors had stripped him.


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    Last edited by TheParser; 27-Dec-2014 at 15:48. Reason: unnecessary quotation

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    Re: Is 'Checkered' used when you blur out someone's face?

    That's exactly what I meant! Unfortunately I saw the same picture...!

    (And, just in case, are the the spellings 'pixelated/pixellated' common too?

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    Re: Is 'Checkered' used when you blur out someone's face?

    It is properly spelled "pixelation" in AmE and "pixellation" in BrE. It derives from the word pixel, which is a portmanteau of "picture" and "element", to describe the smallest single component of a digital image. To pixelate a photo (so as to "blur" the image) means to display an enlarged area of the bitmap.

    The old stop-motion type of cinematography in which actors or objects were posed and photographed frame-by-frame was called "pixillation" in BrE, because the resulting film images appeared to be possessed by pixies.

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    Re: Is 'Checkered' used when you blur out someone's face?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post

    (And, just in case, are the the spellings 'pixelated/pixellated' common too?
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    Hello, Mehrgan:

    I know what a serious student of English you are, so I think that you will NOT be offended if I respectfully make a comment.

    In my opinion, the phrase "just in case" does not seem appropriate in your sentence.

    I would feel more comfortable with "And, by the way, are the ...?"


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    Last edited by TheParser; 28-Dec-2014 at 14:44. Reason: punctuation

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    Re: Is 'Checkered' used when you blur out someone's face?

    Thanks for the time and energy you put into this. I truly appreciate it!

    (Now I realise I didn't/don't know how to appropriately use the expression. I meant to say, '...and just to make sure I've fully got your point...', and I ended up making that mistake.)

    Thanks again!

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    Re: Is 'Checkered' used when you blur out someone's face?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post

    ...are the the spellings 'pixelated/pixellated' common too?
    You could just say 'The face has been obscured'.

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