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Example:

What was worse: doubt or the uncomfortable truth? I was delving into this/these boredom-triggered [...] when my phone rang.

I thought of dilemma but I think it's kind of a different thing. More like a problem.

What's a better alternative?

  • If you're looking for a 10-cent word, you could try lucubrations, which is defined (by Merriam-Webster) as "laborious or intensive study; also : the product of such study — usu. used in pl." – Sven Yargs May 10 '15 at 4:02
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If you change the word these into this, then I'd recommend using conundrum.

What was worse: doubt or the uncomfortable truth? I was deliving into this boredom-triggered conundrum when my phone rang.

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musing Meditative. Thoughtfully abstracted. Source

What was worse: doubt or the uncomfortable truth? I was musing on this when my phone rang.

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