Word of the Week Wednesday: Flummox

This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: flummox.

Flummox means to confuse or bewilder.

I’ve always loved this world, mostly for the sound of it.

Although the origin of the word is unknown (at least as far as dictionary.com is concerned), I see “flow”, “dumb” and “ox” in it; flow as in “at sea”, dumb as in “dumbfounded” and “ox” as in, well, ox.

I get a feeling of complete bewilderment and a sense of frustrated bemusement.

I’ve long believed insurers, banks, credit card companies and moneyed service providers in general use language — purposely or not — to flummox customers and protect their financial interests.

Chris Rickert: Insurance companies use language of profit in policies


About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

3 Responses to Word of the Week Wednesday: Flummox

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