What a word this word is: con-un-drum. How on earth did this word come be?
Thanks to the internet, I went straight to the Online Etymology Dictionary and discovered the following:
1590’s Oxford slang for “pedant” and also “whim”. Two hundred years later, it mutated into meaning “riddle, or puzzle.” The dictionary proceeds to comment ” the sort of pseudo-latin word that was the height of humor in learned circles.”
See! I told you the word was outlandish. Conundrum is word made up by a bunch of drunks in a pub.