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gobsmacked

adjective;
flabbergasted, taken aback, surprised Smacked is clearly related to the surprise element of this word; it’s probably a metonymic extension of the surprise one feels when one is unexpectedly smacked. Also, the colloquial phrase “it came and smacked me in the face” indicates surprise as well, so there is at least some sort of longstanding connection between surprise and being smacked. According to the Oxford English Dictionary online edition, gob means mouth, thus gobsmacked could literally be glossed as “smacked in the mouth.” This gloss closely parallels the colloquial expression “smacked me in the face” that denotes surprise. Thus, it is likely that there is some connection between that phrase and this new word.
 
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Source : An alumnus' approximately 10-year-old child
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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