July 15th, 2007


I'm just ahead of the curve

From the Compact Oxford English Dictionary:


adjective 1 surprised and confused. 2 N. Amer. informal unperturbed.

— USAGE In standard English nonplussed means ‘surprised and confused’. A new meaning, ‘not disconcerted; unperturbed’, has developed recently in North American English, probably on the assumption that the prefix non- must have a negative meaning; this is not yet accepted as standard usage.

(for those of you who weren't there, I used definition 2 last night, and as an informal N. American, I proudly stand behind it)