I Need a Name for This

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This has happened to me a couple of times, and I think the regular English word is "stupefaction", but it might be more complicated than that.

You know the arguments you have with theists, and they're being head-spinningly crazy about something, like, say, "The big bang theory posits that cheese is always green -- and we know that's false!"

It's that feeling. The one where you're trying to imagine how someone could actually believe the shit they're saying, so all your thought process is eaten up by that question, and you can't form a reasonable response because you're so incredibly thrown off. So perturbed are your thoughts, in fact, that they believe you are "stumped".

Well yes, I've been stumped. I still can't believe the shit some people say. Especially when it has absolutely no basis in fact, reality, logic (even shitty logic), or anything demonstrated at all.

There has to be a word for that.

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         Stupefy / stupefied;  stun with astonishment.   ,       Dumbfound;   astonish. Strike dumb/ speechless.          Confound;  Throw into perplexity or confusion.          Bizzare;  Strange, eccentric, grotesque.              Or just remind them that psychiatric help is available from professionals.

 

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'Gobsmacked' always worked

'Gobsmacked' always worked for me.


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How about "befuckled"?I know

How about "befuckled"?

I know this feeling. What you've heard is so stupid you don't even know where to begin and lose all hope for humanity....good times.

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Quote:It's that feeling. The

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It's that feeling. The one where you're trying to imagine how someone could actually believe the shit they're saying, so all your thought process is eaten up by that question, and you can't form a reasonable response because you're so incredibly thrown off. So perturbed are your thoughts, in fact, that they believe you are "stumped".

I've been having that feeling more and more the last couple of years.  The first time I had it online, I remember saying something like this:  "I don't know how to respond to this argument anymore than I could respond to someone who was certain all the streetlights in Manhattan are made of cream cheese."  There's a point at which any argument you could make would assume a reasonably sane interlocutor.  When your interlocutor has not demonstrated such a quality, the only appropriate reaction is stunned silence.

As for words, what about nonplussed?  Better yet, what about stupefyingly nonplussed?

 

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 Sometimes pictures can say

 

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Gotta say, I'm leaning

Gotta say, I'm leaning towards "befuckled".

Considering Hamby and I both used cheese examples, maybe there should be a word with cheese in it. Like "consternatingly cheese-doodled".

Um. No, that's dumb. But "Holy cream-cheese streetlights in Manhattan, Batman!" could work, too.

I think "befuckled" might cover it. Because there's that moment of "... fuck ..." when you realize that this person is actually saying this shit because they believe it. Just being befuddled doesn't cover it. Even bamboozled sounds more like a simple expression of surprise.

"Are they just fucking with me? Who would believe in an invisible, anthropomorphic, filicidal fascist who loves them? That's insane."

Later, still reeling from the notion that a person would seriously consider the existence of such an improbable being a Good Thing, one is asked questions about philosophy not considered since first year. The mind is befuckled.

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I'll try out "befuckled" in

I'll try out "befuckled" in bar conversation.  That'll be the real litmus test.

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Call it Sally.

Call it Sally.


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ZuS wrote:Call it Sally.But

ZuS wrote:

Call it Sally.



But I already call you Sally.

 


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HisWillness wrote:ZuS

HisWillness wrote:

ZuS wrote:

Call it Sally.



 

But I already call you Sally.

 

Rly? Wanna cuddle?

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Stupified

I like the sound of befuckled but stupified has its own theme song.


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 A drinking buddy of mine

 A drinking buddy of mine coined the term "religiostupidification."  Maybe this is "religiostupefaction."

Oooooh... I like that Smiling

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Hambydammit wrote: A

Hambydammit wrote:

 A drinking buddy of mine coined the term "religiostupidification."  Maybe this is "religiostupefaction."

Oooooh... I like that Smiling

lol good word, but I've experienced this phenomenon listening to nonreligious people also

 

How about sphincter paralyzing? (Just to be funny)

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