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Jul 27, 2001
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Less-known counterparts of everyday words

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trilemma

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with Anu Garg

trilemma

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trilemma (tri-LEM-uh) noun

A situation offering three undesirable options.

[Blend of tri- + dilemma.]

"She said that ... 'It's part of a much larger problem which those in the industry call the trilemma of child care -- availability, affordability and quality.'"
Stacy Milbouer, Juggling Jobs And Child Care, The Boston Globe, Nov 9, 1997.

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What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness. -Leo Tolstoy, novelist and philosopher (1828-1910)

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