Recently I was nonplussed to find out that the word nonplussed does not mean what I always and forever thought it meant. I used it in a blog post, and had a nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I should look it up. I went ahead and published my post and let it be. A day or two later I thought I’d better go ahead and look it up, and lo and behold! It does not mean unruffled, calm, unagitated–it’s almost the opposite! It means perplexed, disconcerted, puzzled.
This discovery led to another discovery–the hot word, the dictionary.com blog: “What’s the Mistake That Gave Turkey the Bird The Same Name As Turkey The Nation?” and “Is ‘Ironic’ the Most Abused Word In The English Language?”
That same day encouragement came from the most unexpected place. Tori said, “Gayla, The Charlie Daniels Band posted this on their facebook page (I did not know that Tori likes The Charlie Daniels Band or that he was fb friends with them; as far as I can remember, we have never in all the years we have been married had a conversation about them): ‘My soul finds its rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never by shaken.’ Psalm 62: 1-2.” Exactly what I needed at that moment.