of the Week
word or phrase to add to your army.
If you experience something that leaves you so astonished that you are without words, you might say you are gobsmacked (gob-smacked).
This very descriptive word comes from gob, which is slang for mouth, and smacked, which I don't have to explain. Sometimes you are so shocked that you put your hand up over your mouth and can't say a word. That is when you are gobsmacked.
"I am gobsmacked that she showed up at my party without an invitation. I am even more gobsmacked that she brought a dozen friends with her."
Only those are words in your head, because you can't even say them out loud, such is your state of gobsmackedness (I just made that word up, but it kind of make sense to me.)
I think the most fun words come from being confused. The word bumfuzzled (bum-fuzz-uld) expresses just that—being confused. It is derived from an equally funny word—dumfoozle. No, I am not making these words up. They sound like exactly what they mean.
Never be bumfuzzled again by the word bumfuzzle. But, do feel free to bumfuzzle others by using the word bumfuzzle.
Go ahead, give it a go.
"Mother and father, I am bumfuzzled by the sudden increase in the price of gasoline. Would you explain it to me?"
"Teacher, I found myself bumfuzzled by last night's homework. Would you explain it to me in a less bumfuzzling way?"
What is bombastic (bom-bas-tick)? It is a way of speaking that sounds super intelligent, but really doesn't say much at all. It's kind of like a balloon popping and scaring you because you think it might be a bomb going off, but really, it's just a balloon popping—making a lot of noise, but not really dangerous or threatening.
Sometimes people speak bombastically. They might yell and scream, but deep down, you know they are kind and mean well. Or, they might sound really, really smart, and what they are saying is just a bunch of fluff. These are both examples of bombastic speech.
Consider the following:
Three myopic rodents. Three myopic rodents.
Observe how they perambulate.
Observe how they perambulate.
They all circumnavigated the agriculturist's significant other
Who amputated their extremities with a carving utensil. Did you ever observe such an occurrence in your existence
As three myopic rodents?
All of that delicious nonsense above is a bombastic way of rephrasing the old nursery rhyme below:
Three blind mice. Three blind mice.
See how they run. See how they run.
They all ran after the farmer's wife
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As three blind mice?
Do you prefer traditional or bombastic?
While this male lion is ranting in a bombastic manner,
his wife doesn't seem terribly impressed or frightened.
Sardonic (sar-don-ick) is not a particularly nice word, but it is a word that is good to know and fun to say. What it means is mocking (making fun of) or cynical (not believing in). Sardonic is generally used to describe one's sense of humor or smile.
To have a sardonic wit would be to make fun of things to make others laugh.
"Your uncle is so tall he has his own weather system."
This is a look you might get if you
make a sardonic comment!
This might make someone laugh, but it also might be at the expense of hurt feelings.
Sardonic humor can be funny, but it should be used carefully so as not to offend.
I am Becky Lyn Rickman. I am a writer because I love words almost as much as I love the people in my life. I want to fill the world with magnificent words and then jump in and splash around in them. I live with Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy, my cats, but the only words they really love are "meat" and "gravy."