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I’ve Got a “Dilemma” About a “Problem”


Many people believe that dilemma and problem are synonyms, and to some extent, they’re right, for one dictionary definition of dilemma reads: “a difficult or persistent problem.” However, that same dictionary lists six definitions for “problem” and none have the word “dilemma” in it. In fact, the dictionary lists “mystery” as a synonym to “problem.”

So, what’s the problem, you ask? Dilemma means more than just a problem. It usually refers to a choice of alternatives, none of which you’d want to make. A dilemma is choosing between death by firing squad or death by electrocution, for example. Neither choice is good.

Hope there’s no dilemma or problem about you returning to see more posts.

Until next time! Use the right words!

leebarnathan.com

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July 12, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , ,

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