Have you ever been gobsmacked?
If so, it’s probably happened fairly recently. The term has gained popularity of late, and though it may seem merely the flavor of the month, it’s been around for a while.
The venerable Oxford Dictionary puts its origin in the 1980s.
What does it mean, though? Here’s what the Oxford Dictionary offers on that front.
I particularly like the ultra-slangy “us lot” as a subject; it gives it that gritty Londoner feel.
So, what’s its etymology? (That is, how did it come to be?)
Well, if you know that “gob” is British slang for “mouth,” you’re most of the way there.