Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amazing Words: Quantum

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






  1. Quantum as we all know refers to something immensely small. The smallest amount of many forms of energy.
  2. 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
    C. Both
    D. Neither

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.