Wednesday, January 5, 2000

abasourdir

The French word for today is abasourdir. It means to be stunned, shocked, amazed.  Is it related to sourd, deaf, as if it might mean, "struck deaf (with amazement)"?  It seems not to be.
  • Après y avoir pensé un peu, la jeune fille murmure: «Oui, j’aimerais être immensément riche». A l'instant même, sa chaise se change en or massif. Elle est abasourdie
After thinking about it for a moment, the young girl murmured, "Yes, I would like to be immensely rich." At that instant, her chair was transformed into solid gold.  She was stunned.

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