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After Much Consternation

I’m writing a this as a testimonial to a word that has fallen in usage and should be restored to it’s full glory and usage.

There are so many good words that we don’t use anymore.  I won’t go into the dumbing down of the education system or society.  Heck, my spell checker returns an error on dumbing so maybe that’s another word that needs . . .  never mind.


a sudden, alarming amazement or dread that results in utter confusion; dismay.

Are we so bombarded with visual images of the global horrors which are now brought to us on a daily basis that we have been numbed to the point where nothing suddenly alarms or confuses us?

I think consternation is too close to sounding like constipation.  Which in reality a good dose of consternation could quickly resolve constipation.

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