February 16, 2006


Posted in verb at 10:01 am by Feng

mind-boggling — intellectually or emotionally overwhelming (see dictionary)

I attended one seminar delivered by a visiting professor from Israel. He did quite a lot of work on odor identification, classification and mixing. It was an entertaining talk. The professor said, “Nowadays, you see pictures and hear sounds from a computer. Imagine in a few years, you can smell odors as well. It’s mind-boggling.”


  1. You also hear it like this: “It boggles the mind.”

    The verb “boggle” literally means either “to cause to be overcome, due to fright or astonishment,” or “to botch or bungle.” But in actual usage, the word “boggle ” is almost always attached to the word “mind.”

  2. david said,

    instead of one seminar, it would be more common and easier to read by saying ” a seminar” or if you are trying to convey the feeling that this happened in the past more strongly , you could say, ” i once attended a seminar…”

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