There must have been a time when flummoxed was popular.
It’s just so fun to say.
Say it. C’mon. Even if you’re in public. People will smile. Ok, I obviously can’t guarantee that. So use your best judgement. If you’re at a funeral, for example, maybe wait until later.
Anyway, flummoxed. What the heck happened, Flummoxed Users?
Did people stop feeling bewildered, confounded, or confused?
If you say flummoxed, people will accuse you of doing that Old-Timey talk thing, which is now dated. In a bad way.
But see all those words make you sound like you’re stupid. I don’t know about you, but when people say bewildered, I see a guy lost in the wilderness, unable to get his fly open. It’s not a pretty picture.
Flummoxed, on the other hand, is universal.
David Gregory: Why are you such a gaf machine, Joe Biden?
Joe Biden: Sometimes, I get flummoxed.
David Gregory: Oh, cool. Next question, if you can be cloned, will you run in 2222?
See, the thing about flummoxed is that it’s universal slack. It can’t explain everything we do, but it can help us all understand each other a little better.