lynnem at COGS.SUSX.AC.UK
Thu Jan 18 15:21:16 UTC 2001
--On Thursday, January 18, 2001 9:43 am -0500 Jane P Parker
<jpparker at ISERV.NET> wrote:
> Has anyone heard the phrase "god whacked" before? As in Madeline
> Albright was god whacked when she found out about her jewish reletives.
> I heard it used on the Todd Munt show npr by and editor for the
Are you sure it wasn't 'gobsmacked'? If not, I'd guess this is an American
reanalysis of 'gobsmacked'. The only 'god whacked' things I can find on
the web are actually about God whacking somebody, or one in a sort of poem
that refers to 'your god-whacked beliefs', which I take again to be actual
reference to God.
"Gobsmacked", as I think has been discussed here before, is a British
expression meaning something like 'flattened by surprise'. It's creeping
into American English more and more.
> I am not an academic person. Is this group only for academic
> inquiries? The faq did not address this.
No, it's all kinds of people/inquiries.
M Lynne Murphy
Lecturer in Linguistics
School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
University of Sussex
Brighton BN1 9QH
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