Anyone who’s seen The Onion’s video “Prague’s Kafka International Named Most Alienating Airport”, in which an airline official played by a Slavoj Žižek soundalike tells confused travellers, “If there is a problem, fill out a complaint form, and place it in an envelope addressed to the name of the hospital in which you were born”, will recognise a kernel of truth about customer service buried in the absurdist humour. (Source)
How do you determine/deduce the right definition of kernel? Please explain the steps or thought processes; I’d like to try to resolve this myself in the future? Is it:
1. A softer, usually edible part of a nut, seed, or fruit stone contained within its shell:
which implies 'a seed of truth', or
- The central or most important part of something:
which implies 'a central part' of truth?