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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr_Ben View Post
    to be gobsmacked (your gob is your mouth in BrE), this means speechless
    "To be dumbfounded" is also used in BrE (not so often as the above one)

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    Quote Originally Posted by Olenek View Post
    "To be dumbfounded" is also used in BrE (not so often as the above one)
    Here as well, to some extent.


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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    Well, shut my mouth!
    Well, slap my mouth!

    I never understood the meaning of "gob-smacked." It's a phrase one of my Aussie friend's used. I got the idea that it meant "surprised, in the extreme." Smacked in the mouth? Hmm. Something about that new piece of information connected up to some childhood memories.

    Now, the meaning of several friend's grandmother's occasional exclamations, are more clear to me.

    Picture a little old lady (usually with a very southern accent) waiving their hand up to cover their mouth and saying, "Well, shut my mouth!"

    I always thought that it was a quaint (southern) way of:
    1) covering their open mouth
    2) apologizing for having opened their mouths in amazement.


    Another friend's mother, would exclaim, "Well, slap my mouth!"

    I never recall hearing a man say either one.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    Quote Originally Posted by CutNGlass View Post
    Well, shut my mouth!
    Well, slap my mouth!

    I never understood the meaning of "gob-smacked." It's a phrase one of my Aussie friend's used. I got the idea that it meant "surprised, in the extreme." Smacked in the mouth? Hmm. Something about that new piece of information connected up to some childhood memories.

    Now, the meaning of several friend's grandmother's occasional exclamations, are more clear to me.

    Picture a little old lady (usually with a very southern accent) waiving their hand up to cover their mouth and saying, "Well, shut my mouth!"

    I always thought that it was a quaint (southern) way of:
    1) covering their open mouth
    2) apologizing for having opened their mouths in amazement.


    Another friend's mother, would exclaim, "Well, slap my mouth!"

    I never recall hearing a man say either one.

    This post just reminded me of another saying that I first saw on a bottle of hot sauce!
    Well slap my a*s and call me Sally!
    Don't know the origin of this, maybe Southern? Makes me laugh though.

    Smack My Ass And Call Me Sally....The Slap

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    Well, I'm flabbergasted! (some old movie)

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    When you are confused what was said, they leave you dumbf * cked. We also have a saying that if they can not be blind with brilliance, baffle bullsh * T is that you expect so much bad language, when you start this project?

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    Is flummoxed still in use?
    Last edited by Hedwig; 27-Jul-2011 at 10:13.

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    Default Re: idioms meaning "strike, amaze"

    Quote Originally Posted by Hedwig View Post
    Is the flummoxed still in use?
    I've never heard of that one!


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