|Disturbed, nay, discombobulated by American vocab|
(photo by Brian Talbot)
Verb trans. North American slang. Also -boberate and other variants. Mid-19th century.
[Probably alteration of discompose or discomfit.]
Disturb, upset, disconcert.
Dissatisfied with the already bounteous vocabulary bequeathed to them by their British antecedents, Americans in the 1800s took a fancy to absquatulating from the lexical norm and inventing their own frankly outlandish words.
Discombobulate is one of those words.
The discom- bit is probably drawn from the conservative likes of discompose and discomfit, while the -bobulate part is just pure unadulterated bunkum.
And I love it.
Does the American's renegade use of our language discompose, discomfit or discombobulate you?
Do please leave your most bobulated comments in the combobubox below.