The words “NOVEL” and “OBVIOUS.”

Which is easier to notice, “novel” or “obvious”?

novel
/ˈnɒv(ə)l/
adjective

interestingly new or unusual.
obvious
/ˈɒbvɪəs/
adjective

easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent.

What does it mean when something is “novel”?

It means that thing is interesting, new and/or unusual. A use case example from the Oxford dictionary is: “he hit on a novel idea to solve his financial problems.”

What does it mean when something is “obvious”?

What meaning do we take from the sentence, “he hit on an obvious idea to solve his financial problems” ?

Which idea do most people hit on easier?