Friday, May 24, 2013

Gobsmacked

I have had one of the craziest weeks ever and I'm still in absolute shock at this week's turn of events.   I am 45 years old and began working when I was 15.  I have worked with all types of people from all walks of life and never, in my 30 years of experience, have had something like this happen to me.  My jaw is still on the floor and I really have no words.  But here are a couple.  I think the very last definition of "stun"  applies in this situation.  And gobsmacked.  I really like the word gobsmacked. 

Astonished
as·ton·ish/əˈstɒnɪʃ/ Show Spelled [uh-ston-ish]
verb (used with object)
to fill with sudden and overpowering surprise or wonder; amaze: Her easy humor and keen intellect astonished me.
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Origin:
1525–35; Middle English astonyen, astonen, probably < dialectal Old French *astoner, Old French estoner < Vulgar Latin *extonāre, for Latin attonāre to strike with lightning, equivalent to ex- ex-1 , at- at- + tonāre to thunder; extended by -ish2 , perhaps reflecting Anglo-French *astonir < dialectal Old French
Related forms
as·ton·ished·ly, adverb
as·ton·ish·er, noun
su·per·as·ton·ish, verb
un·as·ton·ished, adjective
Synonyms:  astound, startle, shock. See surprise.

Astounded
as·tound/əˈstaʊnd/ Show Spelled [uh-stound] 
verb (used with object)
1. to overwhelm with amazement; astonish greatly; shock with wonder or surprise.
adjective
2. Archaic. astonished; astounded.
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Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English astoun ( e ) d, past participle of astonen, variant of astonyen to astonish
Related forms
as·tound·ment, noun
Synonyms:  See surprise.

Gobsmacked
gob·smacked/ˈgɒbˌsmækt/ Show Spelled [gob-smakt]
adjective Chiefly British Informal.
utterly astounded; astonished.
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Origin: gob3 + smack2 + -ed2

Shock
shock1 /ʃɒk/ Show Spelled [shok]
noun
1. a sudden and violent blow or impact; collision.
2. a sudden or violent disturbance or commotion: the shock of battle.
3. a sudden or violent disturbance of the mind, emotions, or sensibilities: The burglary was a shock to her sense of security. The book provided a shock, nothing more.
4. the cause of such a disturbance: The rebuke came as a shock.
5. Pathology . a collapse of circulatory function, caused by severe injury, blood loss, or disease, and characterized by pallor, sweating, weak pulse, and very low blood pressure. Compare anaphylactic shock, cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock.
6. the physiological effect produced by the passage of an electric current through the body.
7. shocks, Informal. shock absorbers, especially in the suspension of an automobile.
verb (used with object)
8. to strike or jar with intense surprise, horror, disgust, etc.: He enjoyed shocking people.
9. to strike against violently.
10. to give an electric shock to.
11. to undergo a shock.
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Origin:
1555–65; < Middle French choc armed encounter, noun derivative of choquer to clash (in battle) < Germanic; compare Dutch schokken to shake, jolt, jerk
Related forms
shock·a·ble, adjective
shock·a·bil·i·ty, noun
shock·ed·ness, noun
shock·like, adjective
un·shock·a·bil·i·ty, noun
un·shock·a·ble, adjective
Synonyms:  stagger, astound, stupefy. Shock, startle, paralyze, stun suggest a sudden, sharp surprise that affects one somewhat like a blow. Shock suggests a strong blow, as it were, to one's nerves, sentiments, sense of decency, etc.: The onlookers were shocked by the accident. Startle implies the sharp surprise of sudden fright: to be startled by a loud noise. Paralyze implies such a complete shock as to render one temporarily helpless: paralyzed with fear. Stun implies such a shock as bewilders or stupefies: stunned by the realization of an unpleasant truth.

1 comment:

Cindy C said...

Hey lady! I just wanted to drop in and let you know that I've nominated you for the Liebster award. I hope you accept! For the details check out my last post http://thewoodenrollercoaster.blogspot.com/2013/05/say-what.html

Take care!



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