Is Discombobulated A Real Word?

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!

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Kyra Dawson

By day I'm at Brighter Scribe or blogging at The Scribe's Desk about fantasy, sci-fi, horror, mythology, movies, TV, music, books, humor and some other entertaining ish. I'm also a published author who enjoys random acts of writing, video gaming, the art of fangirlling, and indulging my Inner Perpetual Teenager diligently. I'm also a regular contributor at Cinelinx and am passionate about giving back to the community.

2 Comments:

  1. LOL……check out the urban dictionary on the web. You can find there, all kinds of crazy words. I am always surprised when I find out a word that I thought was fake, was real.

  2. LOL……check out the urban dictionary on the web. You can find there, all kinds of crazy words. I am always surprised when I find out a word that I thought was fake, was real.

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