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Often I find myself or others describing a concept that is simple to explain, but difficult to execute. I end up saying "it's really simple, just not easy" way too often for my tastes. Is there a word that expresses this idea well?

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Something that is simple to explain, but difficult to execute can be called tricky.


tricky adjective

2 a : giving a deceptive impression of easiness, simplicity, or order : ticklish : a tricky path through the swamp


One word that may be suitable is awkward.

awkward [adjective]

difficult to use, do, or deal with:

  • It's an awkward corner, so take it slowly.

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