Take 10 – Ten Words

Introduction

Merriam-Webster online dictionary offers you 10 new vocabulary words.

These are words you should know how to use and recognize. They are all nouns.

  1. paradigm – an operating model or framework; a mental model of how something works.
  2. paradox – a seemingly contradictory statement or theory.
  3. nuance – a subtle or barely noticeable difference; an almost imperceptible difference.
  4. dilettante – a dabbler; a person who explores different hobbies or areas of knowledge only shallowly or superficially.
  5. serendipity – a lucky or fortuitously find that happens while you are actually looking for something else; a lucky find.
  6. euphemism – a socially acceptable or polite term for something unpleasant, distasteful, or vulgar.
  7. dichotomy – a split or separation from one path into two paths; a division of something into two mutually exclusive parts.
  8. non sequitur – a statement that illogically follows another statement; something that is totally unrelated to what was just said.
  9. epiphany – a sudden awareness of some life-changing or eye-opening revelation; an “aha” moment.
  10. conundrum – a mystery, puzzle, riddle, or quandary; a difficult position with no easy or obvious solution.

Self-Assessment (What Did You Learn?)

a(n) = a/an (to prevent giving you a hint about the answer)

Fill in the blank with the most appropriate word from the list above:

  1. I asked him about his mom, but he answered me by talking about his dog. What a(n) _____!
  2. He’s a(n) _____. He knows a little bit about many things but not much about anything.
  3. They reached a(n) _____ in their marriage and decided to get divorced.
  4. _____! I was looking for my lost car keys and I found a $20 bill under the seat cushion on the couch. Cool!
  5. I can’t get a job without experience, and I can’t get experience without a job. It’s “Catch-22”. What a(n) _____!
  6. “Shy” and “withdrawn” may seem to be identical in meaning but there is a slight _____ between their meanings.
  7. We are in a(n) _____. We don’t know how to proceed.
  8. The little boy told his mom he had to “do #1”. This is a(n) _____ for going to the potty to pee.
  9. In the good old days, we had old landline telephones and TVs with antennas on top. Today, with the invention of cell phones, cable TV, and the Internet, my whole _____ of how technology works has been altered forever.
  10. When the 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy stood together naked for the first time in their lives, they had a(n) _____ about how boys and girls were different.

3 comments

    1. I asked him about his mom, but he answered me by talking about his dog. What a(n) non sequitur!
    2. He’s a(n) diletante. He knows a little bit about many things but not much about anything.
    3. They reached a(n) dichotomy in their marriage and decided to get divorced.
    4. Serendipity! I was looking for my lost car keys and I found a $20 bill under the seat cushion on the couch. Cool!
    5. I can’t get a job without experience, and I can’t get experience without a job. It’s “Catch-22”. What a(n) conundrum!
    6. “Shy” and “withdrawn” may seem to be identical in meaning but there is a slight nuance between their meanings.
    7. We are in a(n) paradox. We don’t know how to proceed.
    8. The little boy told his mom he had to “do #1”. This is a(n) euphemism for going to the potty to pee.
    9. In the good old days, we had old landline telephones and TVs with antennas on top. Today, with the invention of cell phones, cable TV, and the Internet, my whole paradigm of how technology works has been altered forever.
    10. When the 3-year-old girl and 4-year-old boy stood together naked for the first time in their lives, they had a(n) epiphany about how boys and girls were different.

     

    1. My paradigm of human biology is quite limited.
    2. Scientists say the universe is finite but not bounded. It is a paradox for me.
    3. There is a nuance between knowing and understanding.
    4. He is interested in many different fields. As a result, he became a dilettante.
    5. As a serendipity, I found my old notebook while I was searching for my text book.
    6. “Passed away” is a euphemism for “dead”.
    7. Scientists reached a dichotomy in explaining the nature of light.
    8. He is talking like a mad man. His sentences are non sequiturs.
    9. After pondering the theory for an hour, I reached an epiphany.
    10. The nature of light was a conundrum for scientists for a century.
    1. Your sample sentences are exactly correct.

      For my quiz, swap answers for #5 and  #7.

      A conundrum may have an answer.  We simply don’t know it yet.  It’s like a puzzle or a quandary.

      A paradox is a bizarre situation that seems to have NO possible answer due to a conflict in logic.  For example, can I time-travel into the past and talk to myself?  Can there be TWO of me in the same time dimension?  If so, I could kill myself in a different time dimension.

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