Each week, I’m going to present an amazing word. A word that has a double meaning either directly or perhaps through origin, where is has evolved into a new meaning, or carries a wonderful Onomatopoeic effect.
This week my amazing word is:
- Quantum as we all know refers to something immensely small. The smallest amount of many forms of energy.
- Quantum as we all know refers to something rather large. A significant quantum improvement.
Which of these statements is true?
A. Statement 1
B. Statement 2
Well, the answer is C. both of them are true. This seems contradictory and it is!
You see, Quantum falls in to a category of words called Contronyms--terms that, depending on context, can have opposite or contradictory meanings.
Try this sentence for size:
The quantum leap in human knowledge over the past 100 years has been so immense that even a highly educated person can hope to absorb only a tiny quantum of it.