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gobsmacked (adj.)

also gob-smacked, "flabbergasted, amazed, astounded," literally "smacked in the mouth," by 1936, U.K. slang, from gob (n.2) "mouth" + past participle of smack (v.).

First written down in a 1935 edition of a periodical called the Beekeeper's Record, in the following sentence:

When he landed back Martha wad be fare gob smacked at the yarns he wad tell 'er about Yorkshire clod-hoppers.

It combines our familiar term smack with the Scottish Gaelic noun gob, which meant "mouth" (the idea was that if something was gobsmacking, it was akin to getting hit in the mouth).

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