According to merriam-webster.com, conundrum is number six on its list of the “Top 10 Most Frequently Searched Words.” This list has no trendy, current events lingo, but rather features “the eternally vexing words that remain among the most looked up over time.” Today’s typo keeps company with such words as “pretentious,” “cynical,” and “albeit.”
Fortunately, the lowest-probability Conudrum* retrieves only one hit in OhioLink, so your own catalog shouldn’t pose any difficulties. Unless, of course, that title is The Modern Sphinx: a Collection of Enigmas, Charades, Rebuses, Double Acrostics, Triple Acrostics, Anagrams, Logogriphs, Metagrams, Square Words, Verbal Puzzles, Conundrums, Etc. Original and Selected, and you can’t resist checking it out.
(Oedipus Explains the Riddle of the Sphinx (Oedipus and the Sphinx), by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, from Wikimedia Commons)
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
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