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Gobsmacked It's a perfect word. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, "gobsmacked" describes the state of being overwhelmed with wonder, surprise, or shock. It illustrates that powerful moment when a person gasps and covers their mouth with their hand. The expression took root in 1950s British slang, and by the time I was in college, this adjective had spread int...

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