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Word of the Week – Quandary

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DEFINITION:

a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation

CHARACTERISTICS (examples):

He was in a quandary about what to do.       

EXAMPLES (synonyms):

Difficulty
Dilemma
Impasse
Predicament
Bewilderment

NON-EXAMPLE (antonyms):

Good fortune
Solution
Success
Advantage
Certainty

Do you know the idiom ‘between a rock and a hard place’?

When we say we are caught ‘between a rock and a hard place’ we mean that we are faced with a difficult decision.

The rock and the hard place suggest that neither option being decided upon is a tempting choice!

Origin – the story:

This phrase originated in ancient Greek mythology.

In Homer’s Odyssey, the character Odysseus has to go between Charybdis (a dangerous whirlpool) and Scylla (a man-eating monster who lives in the cliffs).

Example: Although I don’t like my job, I am caught between a rock and a hard place because there aren’t any other jobs in my field at the moment.