Word of the Day: Flabbergast
Flabbergast (flăb’ər-găst’) means to overwhelm with wonder or surprise. If you are flabbergasted, you are astonished with something.
I’m flabbergasted — never has my flabber been so gasted! (Frankie Howerd)
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You, too, can make turkey chops at home and flabbergast your guests, but first you have some obstacles to overcome. (NY Times)
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7 Responses to “Word of the Day: Flabbergast”
Flabbergasted is not used in a negative sense. It is actually the state of being shocked or something which comes as a sudden surprise.
I eagerly wanted to know from which language flabbergast originated. can someone inform.
I love this word….I used it on my 6 page essay, I got an A!LOL
It would seem the operative verb is not “gast” but “aghast,” which would make a lot more sense.
1772, mentioned (with bored) in a magazine article as a new vogue word, perhaps from some dialect (in 1823 it was noted as a Sussex word), likely an arbitrary formation from flabby or flapper and aghast.
Ah, one of my favorite words! But I have to admit, I have always wondered what exactly a flabber is and how I can gast it… 🙂
Cool! I just used this word in a blog post yesterday.
“The woman on the other end said she had our dog and that he was safe. I asked her where he was, and she said, ‘Chicopee.’ I was flabbergasted.”
Hey, I was under the impression that flabbergast has a negative connotation of surprise. The positive way the NY times article uses it seems like a rare occurrence.
The more typical case seems to be how Hannah Arendt uses it to describe Eichmann:
“That the man would gladly have himself hanged in public, you have probably read. I am flabbergasted.”
What do you think?