A word I enjoy reading is “gobsmacked.” I come across this word in novels written by British and Irish authors. I not only love how this word perfectly describes a situation, but also how it sounds like the action of being extremely surprised. Using a google search for the word, this is what I find:
Brit slang astounded; astonished
As I mentioned, I love to read this word. I have yet to use it. Wouldn’t it be fun to look at the server in front of your table and reply, “I am totally gobsmacked! This is what I ordered? It doesn’t look a bit like the picture in the menu!” Or, maybe it would be the perfect response to your hairdresser who has decided to knock herself out on a new color or style – gobsmacked. It could also be used with your husband when the Visa bill arrives. ” I’m gobsmacked! I spent that much last month on shoes?” It might be used when the person boarding the airplane a step ahead of you launches her purse into your face as she climbs into seat 16A – literally gobsmacked!
“Gobsmacked.” Not to be confused with “Everlasting Gobstoppers.”
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