Enigma is one of those words not heard that much but one that most people recognise. Despite being an author I didn’t know the meaning of this very lovely little word until someone called me an enigma about 5 weeks ago. I then had to look it up, here’s the dictionary definition for those few people like me who aren’t sure of it’s meaning:
noun, plural -mas, -ma·ta [-muh-tuh]
- A puzzling or inexplicable occurrence or situation: His disappearance is an enigma that has given rise to much speculation.
- A person of puzzling or contradictory character: To me he has always been an enigma, one minute completely insensitive, the next moved to tears.
- A saying, question, picture, etc., containing a hidden meaning; riddle.
- (initial capital letter) A German-built enciphering machine developed for commercial use in the early 1920s and later adapted and appropriated by German and other Axis powers for military use through World War II.
I’m assuming the person who referred to me as an enigma meant point 2 of the dictionary definition. At least I hope so. However, whatever my describer meant the word has been stalking me ever since. No less than a week after I was called an enigma I happened to be watching Stargate Sg-1 reruns and suddenly found myself watching an episode entitled Enigma.
Three days after that I find myself listening to a song about Enigma’s. Then only a few days after that I saw the word Enigma on a sign on the side of a building. I have to admit I didn’t think too much of it until I found myself searching through dvd’s to watch at a friends house and found the only music dvd they had was the video’s to music by the band Enigma. At that point I knew there was no getting away and I resigned myself to my fate.
As I finish off this blog it may be worth noting I sit here eating a cornetto Enigma, from a box of 4 I was given only a few days ago. The caramel ones are highly recommended.