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Word of the Day–3/3/2011

Posted by ccasc on March 4, 2011

Bemuse

[bih-myooz] (v.) to bewilder or confuse (someone).

*derived from the French a– meaning “at, to” and muser, meaning “ponder, stare fixedly”

“We are bemused and crazed creatures, strangers to our true selves, to one another, and to the spiritual and material world—mad, even from an ideal standpoint we can glimpse but not adopt.”

~R.D. Laing

 

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