In a meeting someone says something that's totally wrong from technical perspective. I know what the correct concept is.

I feel the need to correct them. However I want to start with an exclamatory statement expressing my feeling first. Something like

Mr. X's statement intrigued me. Let me clarify that ....

What's the correct verb (if any) in place of intrigued just being used as an example here.

It's like I know what he said is wrong, and I want to share the correction for benefit of everyone.

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    Mr X's statement troubled me and I felt it needed some clarification.
    – Nigel J
    Feb 26, 2018 at 23:17
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    There's no particular word for that, because there could be dozens reasons Mr X was wrong… Mar 7, 2018 at 0:41
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    I think you mean "start with an declamatory statement"
    – Phil Sweet
    Mar 29, 2018 at 2:41
  • not sure any such is necessary.
    – lbf
    Mar 29, 2018 at 13:56
  • Clearly, you were not intrigued.
    – Lambie
    Mar 29, 2018 at 14:01

2 Answers 2


The different senses of pique that are available

pique verb (used with object) ...

  1. to affect with sharp irritation and resentment, especially by some wound to pride: She was greatly piqued when they refused her invitation.

  2. to wound (the pride, vanity, etc.).

  3. to excite (interest, curiosity, etc.): Her curiosity was piqued by the gossip.

  4. to arouse an emotion or provoke to action: to pique someone to answer a challenge.


make this an ideal weasel-word here.

  • "Picked my interest". Without interest, the OP 's pique might be off.
    – Lambie
    Mar 29, 2018 at 14:03

Puzzled or befuddled works.

Puzzled -

B2 confused because you do not understand something:

He had a puzzled look on his face. I'm still puzzled as to why she said that. I'm really puzzled that I haven't heard from Liz for so long.

"puzzled": Cambridge Dictionary https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dictionary/english/puzzled

Befuddled -

: utterly confused or puzzled : deeply perplexed
… somebody may be so befuddled and self-destructive as to miss the point entirely. —Anne B. Fisher
… I also believe whites are as befuddled about race as we are … —Nathan McCall

"Befuddled." Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 28 Mar. 2018.

  • puzzled or puzzling, yes, befuddled, no. Not in a meeting.
    – Lambie
    Mar 29, 2018 at 14:04
  • @Lambie I'm bewildered, whyever not? I searched for "befuddled" and "Congressional Record" as a stand-in for meeting and got about 4000 hits. "Puzzled" and "C. R." yielded about 56,000. "Bewildered" and "C. R." netted 50,000. (I was surprised bewildered beat befuddled.)
    – Phil Sweet
    Mar 29, 2018 at 14:27
  • Ah - Bewildered is the older word and was once more common than now. The long history of the C. R. skewed the result. Bewildered remains somewhat more common than befuddled, but not that much so.
    – Phil Sweet
    Mar 29, 2018 at 14:32

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