[LMB] bemused by bemused

Marc Wilson marc.wilson at gmx.co.uk
Sun Sep 6 22:26:58 BST 2015


On Sat, 05 Sep 2015 17:46:46 -0400, Peter Granzeau <pgranzeau at cox.net>
wrote:

>At 03:16 PM 9/4/2015, Lois McMaster Bujold wrote:
>>PG:  I never knew that.  I thought raddled might mean something like
>>discombobulated, shook up, with some minor permanence about
>>it.  Merriam-Webster says it means being in a state of confusion,
>>origin unknown, used since 1694.
>>
>>
>>LMB:  Are you sure you aren't thinking of "rattled"?
>
>No, I looked "raddled" up in the online Merriam-Webster.  I have an 
>old  (1976) American Heritage dictionary, it says "Worn out and 
>broken down, as by debauch or general deterioration.  [Origin unknown.]"
>

Well, we know the origin now. :)


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