[Ads-l] NYimes.com: "non(-)plused"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 6 15:59:33 UTC 2015

On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 7:32 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole wrote:
> The sometimes reliable Wikipedia has an article on auto-antonyms, the
> most dangerous words in the English language:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auto-antonym
> [Begin excerpt]
> "Nonplussed" can mean "baffled" or "perplexed", but in North America
> can also mean "not disconcerted" or "unperturbed".
> [End excerpt]

For more on "nonplussed" and "bemused" (which both started off meaning
"perplexed" before diverging semantically) see my 2008 column:



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