Friday, April 29, 2011

nonplus

nonplus [nɒnˈplʌs, ˈnɒnplʌs] v. t.

1.) To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do; bewilder.

nonplus n.

1.) A state of perplexity, confusion, or bewilderment (American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language).

Etymology: From Latin non plus, no more : non, not + plus, more.

"— Larry: Yeah, what's going on?
— Jeff: I sponsored a kid from the inner city to go to a summer camp.
— Larry: You sponsored an inner city kid?
— Jeff: An underprivileged kid, yeah.
— Larry: You're kidding.
— Jeff: No.
— Larry: I'm completely...nonplussed. Is that the right word?
— Jeff: I don't know what the right word is. I'm flabbergasted and I'll tell you why: he set fire to the canteen and his cabin. Who does that?!" (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry David, 2000).

20 comments:

strawberry Princess said...

i'm looking forward to using it, just waiting for the right blog post to use the word.

never heard of it and thanks for the info.

=dgrphx= said...

i could totally picture this whole scenario larry makes me crack up

DEZMOND said...

I'm nonplussed too :) Such a crazy sounding word.

Zombie said...

I am always at a nonplus. lol.

Kicking Rocks said...

great word! i use it every blue moon!

Jen said...

Ooh, I like this word. It's one of those ones I know but have probably never spoken aloud. Maybe that'll change now!

Solsby Kid said...

Great word, although i didnt know it meant that!

Rob said...

In my town I often find myself nonplussed by my home town. Weird stuff happens in this town.

Jose Cuer said...

Haha, I have to wonder where these are coming from...it sounds like something straight out of Shakespeare.

D4 said...

It kinda beats saying 'at a loss for words', doesn't it. Yes, yes it does.

Sick by Trend said...

haha it's a great word!! Enjoy ur weekend!

hugs!

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Colin Biano said...

i would have never guessed the meaning of this, lol

A Beer for the Shower said...

I actually already knew this word, and have used it once in one of my novels. I like the way it sounds. Good word.

Dave said...

most times Im at a loss as to what to think. Look farward to future posts.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I actually use this word! :) I love the dialogue used with it here. Lol. That used to be one of my favorite shows...

thenitefalls said...

I'm nonplussed during class lols

RaShelle said...

It's a great word. Follower 100. Found you through The Hollywood Spy. Hi!

Eeshie said...

...nonplussed? ...sounds like a fatty desert...

:P

Necroticism said...

This is nonplus!

Love the quote from Curb your Enthusiasm.

JayPower said...

Awesome word, cant wait to use this in conversation! ;D

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