Posted by Victoria S Dennis on October 31, 2005
In Reply to: Tissue typing posted by James Briggs on October 31, 2005
: : : If the phrase used is "a tissue of lies" what is its opposite, is there a something of truth?
: : 'tissue' means an organisation of similar component parts - used in biology, it means a collection of cells.
: : 'tissue' is thin and flexible paper made from a fibrous structure.
: : a tissue of lies is thus a construction to deceive which is flexible yet thin.
: : the opposite might be a 'bastion of truth' - a solid defensive structure set on sound foundations easily seen and dominating its surroundings.
: : L
: Continuing the cellular theme, the opposite of a 'tissue of lies' may be 'an organ of truth'!
I think "tissue" in this phrase has an older meaning, "woven fabric" (from the French tissu). The idea being that something has been woven out of lies.