The longman dictionary states that we can use 'strike somebody as (being) something' and 'it strikes somebody as strange/odd etc that' to mean that something seems to have a particular quality or feature

His jokes didn't strike Jack as being very funny.

As I understand, we can always say that something strikes us as strange (odd), and that would sound normal. For example,

This struck me as strange and made me look into the further data in the past.

I wonder which adjectives are well combined with this phrase, besides 'strange', 'odd' and 'funny'? Are all adjectives applicable here?

I took 'unpleasant' as an example:

The bubbling sound struck me (as) unpleasant. (ok?)


The verb strike here doesn't mean much more than seem, with an implication that the appearance is 'striking' and perhaps 'immediate' or 'superficial'; so it is possible to conceive circumstances under which practically any adjective might be employed here. I pluck cardiovascular off the first text that meets my eye, and I imagine two physicians discussing a chart: one suggests that there are signs of gastrointestinal disease and the other responds

I don't know about that; these symptoms strike me as cardiovascular.

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    Hmm... But it strikes me as being warm today? It struck him as boring? I'm (sincerely) not sure those work. Might there at least tend to be a suggestion of suddenness, intensity, notability? – Jim Reynolds Feb 19 '15 at 15:42
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    @Jim Those work fine for me. You may not be 'struck' by the realization that you are warm or bored until you have suffered those conditions for some time, or until someone else expresses a contrary characterization. I intended the notions of 'intensity' and 'notability' to be embraced in 'striking', and that of 'suddenness' in 'immediate'. – StoneyB Feb 19 '15 at 15:54
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    Ah. I didn't read your answer carefully enough. I'm loathe to deprive my fans of my opinions for any longer than is necessary. That kind of responsibility can drive a wreckless haste, you see. O.O – Jim Reynolds Feb 19 '15 at 16:47
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    This strike is an intensified seem, and shares some of seem's peculiarities: Extraposition (It seems to/strikes me that S), A-Raising (He seems to be/strikes me as being harmless). But the experiencer must be expressed, which is not true for seem: It seems/*strikes that S. Semantically, the metaphor is a blow to one's head -- sudden, unexpected, unignorable, changing one's context permanently. So it makes sense the experiencer would be required. – John Lawler Feb 19 '15 at 18:24

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