[LMB] bemused by bemused

M. Haller Yamada thefabmadamem at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 4 05:03:25 BST 2015

I would like it very much if you remained a pioneer for the changing English 
language by keeping "bemused." Although, the third definition in Merriam-Webster 
online seems to support your position, too. 

to cause to have feelings of wry or tolerant amusement <seems truly bemused that 
people beyond his circle in Seattle would be interested in his ruminations  — Ruth 
B. Smith

I feel this is one of your signature words. The other one that springs to mind is 
when someone "twigs" (finally understands, has that large clue-brick drop) to 
something. It flavors your writing, and I'd miss it if you went strictly for first-definition words. 


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