“imbroglio”

A complicated or confusing situation is usually referred to as an imbroglio. The word is normally used in formal contexts.

Pronunciation: The “i” in the first and third syllable is like the “i” in “dim”, “rim” and “vim”. The “o” in the second and the final syllable is like the “o” in “go”, “so”, and “no”. The “g” is silent, and the main stress is on the second syllable “bro”.

*The world is trying to find a solution to the Iraq imbroglio.

S. UPENDRAN, The Hindu- ‘Know Your English’ Series, May 16, 2005

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