Suprisingly, yes, discombobulated is in fact a real word. It is a fancy adjective, and we here at The Scribe’s Desk absolutely love, love, love adjectives of all kinds, and the fancier the better. The definition of discombobulated as found at www.dictionary.com is as follows: to throw into a state of confusion. Less fancy synonyms for discombobulated are addled, confuse, upset, frustrate, you get the picture. The word rose to fame on the popular sitcom Seinfeld. In fact, the first time I ever heard the word was on that show, which by the way I watched religiously as part of my I think it was Thursday line up on NBC. Years passed before I heard it again, and I never heard it regularly. If I ever used it in my repertoire I was met with doubtful stares. I remember thinking, “This is not a real word!” I thought it was a “Georgeism”, just a funny word that George would use whenever he relayed another lame excuse or an anecdote of his daily foibles. Now I hear the word everywhere and almost daily. It’s used in everything from TV commercials to my daughter’s kids’ shows on the Treehouse station. So, now that you know, try using it in a sentence sometime. Carefully watch the expression on peoples’ faces as they try to figure out if you’ve just used a real word and if and where they’ve heard it before. It’s absolutely hilarious!