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Daemon
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(verb) To put at a loss as to what to think, say, or do.

Synonyms: bewilder, dumbfound, flummox, baffle, mystify, perplex, puzzle, stupefy, amaze, gravel, vex, pose, stick, beat, get

Usage: He was nonplussed by the sudden announcement that the company where he had worked for the past 20 years was declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors.
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He was nonplussed by the sudden announcement that the company where he had worked for the past 20 years was declaring bankruptcy and shutting its doors.
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Astounded has a different connotation.
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MarieK
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Is anyone concerned with the trend of this word starting to mean the exact opposite of this definition? To be non-ruffled, unconcerned or "not plussed" by something that happens?
thar
Posted: Saturday, January 2, 2021 7:27:49 PM

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Really?

d'oh!

But to be fair, it didn't make that much sense to start with.

No mored?
Tara2
Posted: Friday, January 8, 2021 7:28:21 AM

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thar wrote:
Really?

d'oh!

But to be fair, it didn't make that much sense to start with.

No mored?

What do you mean by 'no mored', thar?
thar
Posted: Friday, January 8, 2021 8:27:40 AM

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It was just a joke.

It is a literal translation of the word, which has been mutated into a verb.

It is a French term
non = no

plus = more

That French term becomes a word in English, and that becomes a verb. But it is not the opposite of 'plussed' because that does not exist.
It means 'no more' + a verb ending -ed.

eg from a French - English dictionary

Quote:
non
[nɔ̃ ]
ADVERB
1. (réponse) no
Tu as vu Jean-Pierre ? - Non.
⧫ Have you seen Jean-Pierre? - No, I haven’t.


Quote:
plus
[ply , plys ]
ADVERB
1. (négation)
ne ... plus
no longer ⧫ not ... any more
Il ne travaille plus ici.
He’s no longer working here. ⧫ He doesn’t work here any more.

2. (comparatif : devant un adjectif) more
un peu plus difficile
a bit more difficult
Il fait un peu plus froid qu’hier.
It’s a bit colder than yesterday.


non + plus
= no more.
make it into a verb or adjective in the English forms-.
'to no-more'. To be 'no-mored'.
That is not the meaning in English. But that is the meaning of the French words it is made of. So the previous post said people were now misusing it to mean the opposite of what 'nonplussed' actually means. Incorrect use of a word.

My response was surprise it was being misused - but then my personal comment that the word never made much etymological sense in the first place!


[ Just to be clear - nonplus is not a word in French. The two words have been put together in English.

Quote:
Sorry, no results for “nonplus” in the French-English Dictionary.
Did you mean:
complus
conclus
... non plus
de plus
déplus
en plus

Tara2
Posted: Saturday, January 9, 2021 9:38:33 AM

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Many, many thanks dear thar for this awesome explanation!!!
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