Vashlovani National Park. Photo by Paata Vardanashvili
If we happen to have a hot day this summer then those same hills, now cool with mist, will be swimming in a heat haze. If it's hot for a long time then we might get dust rising up and...
...oh, but come off it. This is England. It's not going to happen, is it. The hills are much more likely to be stolidly enduring a fine haze of rain.
Doi Phu Kha National Park
You can get a haze from smoke, but it's generally distance that produces a haze (I mean, what did you do last Tuesday? If you're like me then anything even as close as that is pretty hazy). Rage can cause the same effect. That's one reason why rage is so dangerous: most disasters are caused by not being able to see where you're going.
Distance, emotion, memory...what can you see really clearly?
Sometimes there's absolutely nothing so vital as spotting the haze.
Spot the frippet: haze. This word is delightfully hazy as to derivation. As far as I can see (which isn't far) no one has a clue from where the word has come.
There is another meaning of haze, used in North America, which is to subject someone (probably a fellow student) to ridicule or abuse; and there's a similar and perhaps linked sailors' term haze which means to harass with humiliating tasks.These words may come from hawze, to frighten, from Middle French haser, to irritate or annoy.