Word of the Week Wednesday: befuddle


This Wednesday’s Word of the Week is: befuddle

Befuddle, like many previous words of the week means to confuse or perplex.

Also, like many of the similar words I’ve chosen previously, I think this word is just fun.

Maybe it’s a function of the concept of confusions that gives so many of its synonyms an amusing sound.

Maybe it’s a quality of self-deprecation; the ability to laugh at our own limitations that causes us to tend towards amusing-sounding words to describe not being at our best.

It could also be something of a defense mechanism to convince ourselves that, even though everything’s not quite right, it’s not all that bad.

 

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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.

2 Responses to Word of the Week Wednesday: befuddle

  1. The Hook says:

    Is it just me, or does that baby have an unusually large head?

  2. Now that I look at it again, I believe the head is a bit over-sized.

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