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by Alon Bement 1917

There seems to be much confusion concerning the origin of the word 'camouflage'. There are rumors afloat that it was the product of the under-world of Paris, and came to its present position of secure respectability through ways both devious and obscure. There is also current an opinion that it was used to denote a mixture of styles: a young architect thinking to execute a design in pure Gothic and finding Romanesque creeping in was said to have 'camouflaged' his drawing. Still other authorities say that it meant to draw a veil; and for a long time in the French theatre camouflage has meant 'make-up'. But whatever it did mean, or however obscure its origin, there is not the slightest doubt of its present application. The word now means to so paint or screen objects that they either become invisible, or else are so disguised as to confuse the enemy.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 18 Number 5, 1917, p. 458-462
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3440, Date Accessed: 8/19/2018 12:04:23 AM

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