conundrum

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A word of unknown origin, probably coined in burlesque imitation of scholastic Latin, as "hocus-pocus" or "panjandrum".

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conundrum (plural conundrums or conundra)

  1. A difficult question or riddle, especially one using a play on words in the answer.
    • 1816, Jane Austen, Emma, Vol. 1, Ch. 2
      “Why should I understand that, or anything else?” asked the girl. “Don’t bother my head by asking conundrums, I beg of you. Just let me discover myself in my own way.”
  2. A difficult choice or decision that must be made.

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