If somebody doesn't know something very simple and you are shocked by their silliness, how can you express that with one word?

I was ... because she didn't know president of Russia

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    – tchrist
    Oct 30, 2016 at 15:42

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I am shocked – shocked! – that nobody has suggested flabbergasted  (the past participle of flabbergast):

the Cambridge English Dictionary:

    to shock someone, usually by telling that person something they were not expecting:
    He was flabbergasted when we told him how cheap it was.


    to overwhelm with shock, surprise, or wonder : dumbfound

So see also overwhelmed and dumbfounded.

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    "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here". Capt. Renault to Rick Blane, Casablanca. Undoubtedly he was also flabbergasted. In fact, I'd go so far as to suggest that his flabber had never been so gasted! Oct 11, 2016 at 16:44
  • @PeterPoint: I was hoping somebody would catch the reference. Oct 11, 2016 at 17:13
  • I am shocked—shocked!—that you would thus deny Mick’s comment. ;-) Oct 11, 2016 at 17:45
  • @Peter Point But what does flabber mean? It sounds somewhat like flubber or blubber, and Capt. Renault was dapper -- he didn't have any flabber to be gasted.
    – ab2
    Oct 11, 2016 at 18:10
  • @ab2 Quite so! Capt. Renault was so dapper that I don't think I ever saw a French kepi worn at such a jaunty angle! I better fess up: I filched the flabber gag from none other than Ken Dodd, a comic genius beloved by the Brits. Oct 11, 2016 at 18:28

Hang on a mo!

What about, I was thoroughly discombobulated because she didn't know that the president of Russia is Vladimir Putin.

discombobulate: (verb) INFORMAL, MAINLY HUMOROUS -- to confuse someone or make someone feel uncomfortable (Cambridge Dictionary)

In the alternative, what about, I was totally bamboozled by my sister being unable to remember where she had parked our car in the shopping mall

bamboozle: To confuse, frustrate, or throw off thoroughly or completely. (M-W)

  • +1 for hexa-syllabification (and for reminding me of a word I haven't heard since Ingrid Bergman was alive). Oct 11, 2016 at 17:34

How about astonished, astounded, or stunned?

From The Free Dictionary:

astonished: filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock.

Synonyms: amazed, surprised, staggered, bewildered, astounded, dazed, stunned, confounded, perplexed, gobsmacked (informal), dumbfounded, flabbergasted (informal), stupefied

Your example:

I was astonished she didn't know president of Russia.

Of the synonyms, perhaps astounded or stunned best fits your question, depending on exactly what you wish to convey.

From The Free Dictionary:

astounded: overwhelmed with amazement and wonder; bewildered

stunned: shocked or astounded

Your example:

I was astounded she didn't know president of Russia.

I was stunned she didn't know president of Russia.

Lots of good possibilities, some of which have already been mentioned by other users. Shocked itself was fine.

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