Word of the Day: Dichotomy

/ dīˈkädəmē /, noun:

1. a division or contrast between two things; opposing or contradictory qualities

Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.” Pablo Picasso

2. Botany: a system or process of branching where the main axis splits repeatedly (into two branches)

example: one’s family tree

3. Astronomy: the phase of the moon or an inferior planet in which half its surface appears illuminated

example: half moon (the first and third quarter moon phases)