牛津大学俚语，模仿拉丁词创造出来的假拉丁词，用以形容食古不化的学究，准确词源不详。可能来自PIE*kwo, 表疑问，衍生英语词汇how, who,what,which,why, quality, quantity.
- conundrum:  Conundrum originally appeared in all manner of weird and wonderful guises – conimbrum, conuncrum, quonundrum, connunder, etc – before settling down to conundrum in the late 18th century. It bears all the marks of one of the rather heavy-handed quasi-Latin joke words beloved of scholars in the 16th and 17th centuries, and a mid-17thcentury commentator attributed it to Oxford university. At first it meant ‘whim’ and then ‘pun’; the current sense ‘puzzling problem’ did not develop until the end of the 18th century.
- conundrum (n.)
- 1590s, Oxford University slang for "pedant," also "whim," etc., later (1790) "riddle, puzzle." Also spelled quonundrum. The sort of ponderous pseudo-Latin word that was once the height of humor in learned circles.
- 1. Scientists had focused on two explanations to solve this conundrum.
- 2. Interaction designers often face the conundrum of whether to make their products user - customizable.
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- 3. What I said was that there was some interest at Conundrum.
- 4. Many people -- too many to count -- share your career conundrum.
- 许多人 -- 多的数不过来 - 有着和你一样的职业难题.
- 5. Let me give you some history about a conundrum.
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