Good evening and welcome to Word of the Day! A journey through the English vocabulary and the words that piqued my interest, in WotD we'll be learning a new word for each working day of the week, bar holidays, unless there's a holiday special...

Today's word is:

dichotomy

|dīˈkätəmē|

noun ( pl. -mies) [usu. in sing. ]

  • A division or contrast between two things that are or are represented as being opposed or entirely different : a rigid dichotomy between science and mysticism.
  • In Botany: repeated branching into two equal parts.

ORIGIN: late 16th cent.: via modern Latin from Greek dikhotomia, from dikho- 'in two, apart' + -tomia.

Practicing for the test I'm taking tomorrow I had to read about the American expansion to the west, and in one of the paragraphs the aforementioned word made an appearance, I was pretty sure it meant that, but just to be sure, after I finished the section I decided to search for the word in the dictionary, and voila my assumption was correct as I aced the test with 90% of the answers correct... hopefully I'll have a better result tomorrow ^^;