What single word describes how one feels when another person says something that doesn’t make sense?

I’ve often seen people use shaking my head or scratching my head (“smh”) online. I’m wondering what feelings/emotions pertain to “smh”.

I’m looking for a word that would denote a mild feeling/emotion more akin to when something is ridiculous, absurd, illogical, or laughable.

Example: So and so said something so laughable I feel _____.

  • What if it’s something that wouldn’t cause a feeling/emotion as strong as any of those? What word would denote a milder feeling/emotion? – Self Apr 20 at 20:22
  • I have, but I’m not finding feelings and emotions that fit. I’m looking for a feeling or emotion rather than adjectives. – Self Apr 20 at 20:28
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    Incredulity, perhaps? – Hot Licks Apr 20 at 20:32
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    You could be nonplussed – Jim Apr 20 at 21:14
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    Puzzled also works. – Xanne Apr 20 at 21:39

I always use Bewildered to describe that vague feeling of pleasant confusion. Scratching the head rarely helps but is still the habit.

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I've always equated smh with exasperation:

1 : the state of being exasperated

: having or showing strong feelings of irritation or annoyance

// an exasperated sigh

In other words, you're frustrated and can't believe there's a good reason behind something being the way it is. It annoys you.

For example:

Why do some small items always come in plastic packaging 10 times the size of the item itself, requiring minutes of effort with a sharp object to open? *smh*

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