I’ve run into the following sentences today and don’t understand their meanings. Could you explain?

  • I am almost too embarrassed to post this on here, but I put my heads on backwards.
  • discombobulated meaning: When you're discombobulated, you've totally fallen apart, like someone put your head on backwards.
  • The juxtaposition of the two example sentences clearly explains the meaning of put head on backwards. Unless you don't understand what discombobulated means—making this a circular-type of definition? Jul 12, 2019 at 17:37
  • This usage has effectively zero currency outside the context of a song by The SonicsYou Got Your Head on Backwards Lyrics Apr 24, 2021 at 13:22

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'Your head is on backwards' is a figurative way of saying that you're confused. If your head were on backwards you would only see behind you and you wouldn't know where you were going. You wouldn't know how to make forward progress. A person who is confused is acting the same way they would if their head were on backwards.


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