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Tissue typing

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.