Last week I expressed my frustration about popular usage of the word "nonplussed." It doesn't mean what it seems like it means. It means "confused to the point of being at a loss as to what to say, think, or do" (paraphrased from Merriam Webster). I explained a mnemonic device I invented in 9th grade, in which a man at a bar gets knocked over by a big Play-Doh plus sign because he's so perplexed at some crazy news.
Here are a few pictures of a model I made:
"What's that? My wife is a hammerhead shark? Are you sure?"
"But that's impossible!"
"Ow, a giant plus sign! It's hitting me!"
[At a loss as to what to say, think, or do]
May this be a mnemonic you and the world can remember always.