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  1. Sir Awesome

    Sir Awesome Member

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    Word choice

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Sir Awesome, Aug 2, 2013.

    I have been sitting here for about ten minutes trying to think of the right word for a certain something. The best way I can describe the feeling is if someone was watching a video in which someone did something horribly stupid, and injured themselves in the process.

    A third person would say:

    He/she looked upon the stupid man with >emotion that expresses: "Why the heck did he do that?"<
     
  2. Lisztomania

    Lisztomania Member

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    Some words I can think of are: dumbfounded, dismay, daunted
     
  3. Malo Beto

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    Confusion, distain, pity? It all kind of depends on what you are trying to convey about the character.
     
  4. Sir Awesome

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    Dismay and disdain are actually perfect. Thank you.
     
  5. Lisztomania

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    You're welcome sir.
     
  6. Wreybies

    Wreybies The Ops Pops Operations Manager Staff Contest Administrator Supporter Contributor

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    gobsmacked
     
  7. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    You've described the feeling sought by aficionados of America's Funniest Videos, or Jackass, or similar "entertainment." It's a mixture of smug superiority, feigned empathy, and sadistic pleasure.
     
  8. matwoolf

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    The Germans have a word for it - Schmorgesborde

    Thas not funny
     

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