Is there a single word for an unfamiliar situation or a better way of wording this? If a situation is unfamiliar to you.

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    This is all new to me.
    – Kris
    Jul 3 '14 at 10:01
  • Can you provide more context?
    – bib
    Jul 3 '14 at 11:20

Strange, Foreign, or Unknown?

Any of the synonyms for unfamiliar may work:



  1. strange, new, unknown, different, novel, unusual, curious, alien, out-of-the-way, uncommon, little known, unaccustomed, beyond your ken

try these:

imbroglio - intricate or complicated situation

quandary - A difficult situation.

You could also say you're in a cliffhanger (A story or event with a strong element of suspense).

Or you could combine several synonyms for strange, such as selcouth, with situation to get a "selcouth situation."


Also consider synonyms of enigma (“Something puzzling, mysterious or inexplicable”), such as conundrum (“A difficult question or riddle”) and mystery (“Someone or something with an obscure or puzzling nature”).

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