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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 45 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CONUNDRUM (a word of unknown origin, probably coined in burlesque imitation of scholastic Latin, as "hocus-pocus" or '" panjandrum "), originally a term meaning whim, fancy or ridiculous idea;. later applied to a pun or play upon words, and thus, in its usual sense, to a particular form of riddle in which the answer depends on a pun. In a' transferred sense the word is also used of any puzzling question or difficulty.
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