Today I wrote an email which contained the sentence "I'm simply flabbergasted" which seemed both appropriate and natural but also made me realize that I could not define "flabbergasted" except to summon up what I thought were the synonoums "stunned," "speechless" and "shocked."
But it occurs to me I'm just guessing, and so in real time--people! this is cutting edge blogging--I consult Dictionary.com which produced the following result:
adj : as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise; "a circle of policement stood dumbfounded by her denial of having seem the accident"; "the flabbergasted aldermen were speechless"; "was thunderstruck by the news of his promotion" [syn: dumbfounded, dumfounded, stupefied, thunderstruck]
So I am happy to report that I really was flabbergasted today. And no, I'm not tellin'
But the fact that "dumfounded" showed up in the definition does compel me to once again suggest that for all your freaky clothing needs you consult Paula, the mastermind behind Dumb Clothing.