Hi and welcome to the everyday language podcast, I’m Mark. Today, I want to talk about the phrase “mind-boggling”; this is an adjective meaning extremely surprising and difficult to understand or imagine.
So, I found some newspaper headlines and some titles from websites, so I’ll read them here:
Hurricane Maria does ‘mind-boggling’ damage to Dominica, leader says.
That’s from the New York Times, 17th September 2017
Here are six of China’s ambitious, mind-boggling renewable energy projects.
2017’s most mind-boggling futuristic tech [- technology]
From PC Mag.com
So these two headlines, and one title of a magazine article, internet magazine article, all use mind-boggling in their titles, and they’re suggesting that something is really, really hard to comprehend and really hard to understand.
So, yeah, whenever you want to say something is really hard and difficult to understand, you know, a bit shocking, you can use mind-boggling. From my own life, I remember my teachers in school, used to use it a lot. So, in particular, one teacher, whenever the class, whenever the students, weren’t listening he would sometimes get really angry and he started saying, “Look, it’s quite mind-boggling, why you are not listening to me, I’m not talking for my own benefit, it’s for your futures!”
You know, he was really disappointed and really surprised, and he couldn’t understand why, you know, why pupils in his class might not listen to him. I guess that’s the kind of thing, that teachers think a lot.
So yeah, you can also use this phrase in a, in a noun phrase. So mind-boggling is usually an adjective, but you can change, if we change the end of boggling, to boggles.
So boggling, its got the -ing ending and boggles just ends in -es
B. O. G. G. L. E. S and it becomes a noun phrase, so now, some teachers would say, “The mind boggles” I think, it’s a bit of a posh kind of phrase, um, in the UK.
I’m not [100%] sure if it’s a [definitely posh] but it sounds a bit posh to me, I think. So teachers might say, stuff like, “Mark, my mind boggles at your behaviour”, and they’d, and they’d mean that they couldn’t understand why I was behaving in, in the way, that I was behaving. [I] was mostly quite a good kid in school, so you know, sometimes the teachers were a bit cranky or something.
Anyway, so you can use this phrase as an adjective or a noun and, and yeah, that’s about it. You can say “mind-boggling”.
So have you ever had a mind-boggling experience? Please let me know in the comment section below. Okay, cheers, and I’ll see you soon, bye.
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