When my wealthy brother wouldn’t pay me the money that he owed, I was completely surprised, confused, and nonplussed since he is usually as good as his word. My mother was equally nonplussed or uncertain about what to do when I told her about this situation. She told me that she was similarly puzzled or nonplussed by my father’s bizarre behavior lately. While we agree that the men in our family are odd, we are still shocked, frustrated, and nonplussed by their strange ways as of late.
Quiz: What does it mean to be nonplussed?
- To be taken by surprise or at a loss for what to say or do.
- To be fed up with another’s bad behavior.
- To be hurt by a specific family conflict.