I think AE needs 'gutted', do any AE speakers agree? Perhaps you could suggest a word (for any context) in exchange?I tried googling "fans were *** at the loss" just to see what would appear for BE and AE.
Here's a selection --
It seems like eons ago that Arsenal fans were despondent at the loss of their legendary TH14 to Barcelona.
many fans were once more upset at the loss of another classic attraction and again sought to change (too mild)
Her fans were left stunned at the loss. On this, the two year anniversary of her death we take a look at teen grief
Though many fans were dismayed at the loss of a crucial character, still others saw the turn of events as a repudiation of one of television's few realistic ...
Though fans were forlorn at the loss of Peca, the thought of re-uniting Bure with his former Soviet linemate drove season-ticket sales
Steve Irwins family, friends, colleagues and fans were understandably devastated at the sudden loss of a great Australian Hero
attendance got better and better as IceCats fans, many who were still stinging at the loss of the IceCats they had cheered for ...
Mean Judean fans were a bit despondent at the loss but shouted out "the championship is ours!" as Penticon walked back to the bench. ...
Nothing as idiomatic as gutted shows up.
Yes, Ewie, I'm aware of that mathematical reference - actually it's really the acceptable use of the word, isn't it? (I'm the least mathematically-inclined member here, I'm sure.)Decimated is one of those words which puts the etymologically-minded into a state of despondency, in that it (literally) means reduced by one tenth.
He felt reduced by one tenth by the depth of his passion for this woman. Hmmm.
I do think 'gutted' would be an excellent addition to AE. It's so accurately descriptive of the feeling that accompanies loss. However I've now heard it so often on BBC America in reference to trivial matters, that I'm afraid it's already lost some of its desirability.I think AE needs 'gutted', do any AE speakers agree? Perhaps you could suggest a word (for any context) in exchange?
No offence taken, Trini ~ in fact, I read it as a compliment and it's been good to learn that a word universally used in BE (or EE at least) is completely unused in the USA.No offense meant