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For the Week ending 07/13/12 THIS WEEK'S TOPIC IS
Secrets & Puzzles
ANDREW JAMIESON, M.D.
Directions: You will be given a definition and a sentence containing a blank. Choose the word that matches with the definition and appropriately fits into the blank space in the sentence.
a secret or disguised way of writing; a code
The real _______ is to just get into the habit of noticing the small things that might bring about outsized improvements in our lives.
convert (information or data) into a cipher or code, esp. to prevent unauthorized access; conceal information or data in something by this means
Yahoo Messenger 6 used a spectacularly complicated password obfuscation method to "_______" the password as it was being sent over the wire to Yahoo's servers.
a confusing and difficult problem or question; a question asked for amusement, typically one with a pun in its answer; a riddle
More broadly, a _______ is any problem where the answer is very complex, possibly unsolvable without deep investigation.
a state of perplexity or uncertainty over what to do in a difficult situation; a difficult situation; a practical dilemma
If the question is "What was the original function of language?" the _______ is the same: language had many functions over hundreds of millennia.
a difficult or perplexing question or problem
Another good question came from the audience in the form of this _______: is the social net phenomenon predicting what is already happening to us on our mobile phones (was Facebook the peak?) or [in the words of the song] is this just the beginning?