The sentence below comes from Word Smart II: How to Build a More Educated Vocabulary.
CONFOUND v (kun FOUND)
to bewilder; to amaze; to throw into confusion
- The newborn baby's ability to speak fluent Italian confounded the experts, who were surprised to hear a newborn speaking anything but French.
Since this is just an example sentence of the word, confound, it has no other context to refer to. I think I know the meaning of the sentence literally. The syntax is not complex and there is no special usage of any word in it.
But I cannot figure out the use of the sentence, I mean, I don't know the situation the sentence can be fit into. In addition, though I cannot figure out the situation where this is used, somehow this sentence has some humour in it.
- What is the situation being described and what humour does this sentence imply?