Sunday, June 20, 2004

Word of the Day

enigma

\E*nig"ma\, n.; pl. Enigmas. [L. aenigma, Gr. ?, fr. ? to speak darkly, fr. ? tale, fable.] 1. A dark, obscure, or inexplicable saying; a riddle; a statement, the hidden meaning of which is to be discovered or guessed.

A custom was among the ancients of proposing an enigma at festivals. --Pope.

2. An action, mode of action, or thing, which cannot be satisfactorily explained; a puzzle; as, his conduct is an enigma.

Im not sure if thats a good thing or not.

My buddy said I was an enigma, so i figured i better look that up to make sure he wasnt talking shit. I had a vague idea of what that word meant, but the only thing I was sure of was that there was a really gay 80s band by that name. Here along with your word of the day is your fun fact:
enigma - The electro-mechanical cipher
engine used by the Germans in World War II. Many of their
messages were deciphered at Bletchley Park, by Alan Turing
and others.

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