dilemma vs difficulty : Common Errors in English

About dilemma vs difficulty

A dilemma is a difficult choice, not just any difficulty or problem.Whether to invite your son’s mother to his high school graduation whenyour current wife hates her is a dilemma. Cleaning up after a hurricaneis just a problem, though a difficult one.“Dilemna” is a common misspelling of “dilemma.”

dilemma Meaning(s)

  • (n) state of uncertainty or perplexity especially as requiring a choice between equally unfavorable options

difficulty Meaning(s)

  • (n) an effort that is inconvenient
  • (n) a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
  • (n) a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
  • (n) the quality of being difficult

dilemma in News

  1. Zimmerman jury selection: notoriety of case is key

    The dilemma confronting lawyers trying to pick a jury in the George Zimmerman trial was summed up neatly by a member of the pool on the second day of the selection process.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  2. The new fatherhood dilemma: Surviving 'Daddy guilt'

    Disappoint your boss or disappoint your child? It’s a painful dilemma working women have had to confront for decades, but now men are discovering a similar work-life balance conundrum.They're changing diapers and attending soccer games, so it's no surprise that in a recent Redbook poll, 40 percent of moms described their husbands as "extremely" hands-on fathers, and 72 percent said their ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: NBC NEWS

  3. The Dilemma for Regional Banks

    The Dilemma for Regional Banks        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

difficulty in News

  1. 7 Reasons You Might Want to Go for Another Cup of Coffee

    Whether you call it java, joe, mud, or a cuppa, one hundred million of us drink coffee every day. Sixty percent of us say we have difficulty starting our day without coffee. It’s a $30 billion business here in the United States, and for good reason: Coffee drinkers love its taste (whether black or “light and sweet”), swear by its mind-sharpening attributes, and can attest to its addictive nature ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Takepart.com via Yahoo! News

  2. 1-minute hike: Eagle Rock in Big Moose Township

    Difficulty: Moderate-strenuous. The 3-mile hike (1.5 miles from trailhead to summit) switchbacks up the slope of Big Moose Mountain. The trail becomes very steep in some areas, and in one particularly steep section, hikers are assisted by a wooden ladder and rope.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Bangor Daily News

  3. No Tickets for Bayreuth? Budapest Has a Wagner Festival, Too

    For those frustrated by the difficulty of obtaining tickets to the Bayreuth Festival, the Hungarian capital's eighth Wagner season opened with a heartwarming
    on June 11, 2013 Source: New York Times

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