Yes, I've been AWOL for a few days. Sorry I haven't been around to visit all of you. I'll get back in my regular blogger's groove in a couple of days. Right now, I'm taking a mini-vaca.
I just haven't had anything of worth to blog about. Heck...this probably isn't worth blogging either, but here goes.
I'm listening to Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth on my drive to and from work. The word stupefy was used in the narrative to describe something this morning. Stupefy...stupefied...to make a strong impression on someone with something unexpected.
His use of the word got me to thinking that I don't think I've ever used this perfectly credible word to describe surprise or astonishment. And that got me thinking about the words I do use. And that got me to thinking about those particular word origins.
Instead of stupefied, I will more than likely be dumbfounded (dumb + confound) or flabbergasted (origin unknown, but maybe from flabby or shaking + aghast). But what about being thunderstruck (Thor's din) or bowled over (I pictured bowling pins falling over when I read the meaning...overcome with amazement) or even gobsmacked? I love that word, gobsmacked. When I looked up the etymology for that one I found that it means...gob-mouth, smacked-clapping hand over mouth in surprise...utterly astounded.
So the next time someone drops a bombshell on you, try using a new word to express just how open-mouthed, wide-eyed and stunned you are. But, above all...don't be speechless when there are so many wonderfully expressive words in the English language.