Putting aside all of the political and social ramifications, today was a great day for the word “stun”--more especially for its transitive verb and adjective forms: “stuns” and “stunning.” Let’s take a moment to celebrate this great word. Please note, emphasis has been added.
The linguistic celebration really started last night, with headlines like this one from from PBS.org
Brown Stuns Democrats With Projected Victory in Mass. Senate Race
In stunning upset, Brown captures US Senate in Mass.
(The above headline also contains no less than two puns, perhaps unintended. There’s the Catholic word play on Mass and the even catchier play on en masse. Methinks the Editor intended the latter pun and is still grinning with semantical glee.)
Democrats point fingers after stunning loss
G.O.P. Senate Victory Stuns Democrats
GOP Candidate Stuns Democrat In Massachusetts
Brown Wins Stunning Victory in Massachusetts
Scott Brown delivers stunning upset victory in Massachusetts
Republican Senate victory in Massachusetts stuns Democrats
Stunning upset in Massachusetts - could it happen here?
(Incidentally, this headline is from this morning...after the results were in.)
Massachusetts voters hand Obama stunning rebuke
Scott Brown Stuns Martha Coakley in Massachusetts Senate Upset
Conservatives react to Scott Brown's stunning victory in Massachusetts Senate race
(Includes a picture of a blonde woman throwing her head back and gazing Heavenward in ecstasy)
Brown takes Kennedy's Senate seat in stunning upset over Democrat Coakley
And finally, as far away as Ireland there seems to be a lack of better, or even other, evocative options
Republican takes Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts - - a stunning rebuke for Obama and Democrats
Well, that was just a sample. “STUNNING” I know. And now, let us have a moment of silence for the apparently extinct thesaurus.