Island Life by David Slack

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Adventures in English

Everywhere you turn these days, people are getting blown away. Stick a microphone in their face and they'll tell the reporter they were just blown away. Or totally blown away. Or completely blown away.
It especially seems to happen to the sort of person who wears their sunglasses as a cap.

Let me ask the question on their behalf: "David, I find myself saying 'blown away', like, all the time. Is there a crisper, clearer, more specific alternative I could use? "

Why yes; in fact there are dozens. Here are ten to get you started:

Astounded.
Bewildered.
Dazed.
Dumbfounded.
Flabbergasted.
Shocked.
Staggered.
Stunned.
Stupefied.

Or just plain Impressed.

No-one likes a wobbly table, but sometimes you have to ask yourself: "could I be putting that dictionary to better use?"

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