5/21/09

Brit' Word of the Day

Todays BWOTD is one I still use occasionally:

"I was totally gobsmacked!"

'Gobsmacked' = Astonished or astounded

The more literal translation would that somebody smacked you in the mouth, as gob is a slang word we use for mouth. I hasten to add this is a word my parents disapproved of when I was young, viewing it as somewhat downmarket!

We also use it as part of a word that replaces your word 'Jawbreaker'. A hard candy you suck on, in England is known as a 'Gobstopper' which is self-explanatory.

There you go, everything you never knew you needed to know about the word 'Gob', well except one crude version that I'll keep to myself ;-)

6 comments:

Jill of All Trades said...

I always liked this word.

Yummy Mammy said...

I'm always in a permanent state of being gobsmacked

willow said...

Okay, I do know gobstopper from Willie Wonka! :^)

smitten by britain said...

I suspect this word came to you easily today after last night's American Idol finale.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Very cool, or should I say kewl?!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

I've learned all sorts of stuff from you Sarah.