I’m looking for a word that describes your state when something is not how you expected it to be. Not in a pleasant way but the opposite.

Is baffled appropriate? But I think baffled doesn’t really show any emotion but just a sense of confusion. Also baffled expresses in a large quantity. I want something of less magnitude.

I don’t want to express something mysterious. It's like I expected something and I got it. But with something else that I don’t like. If that makes any sense.

I want to use it in a sentence like this one:

The overall experience was a pleasant one, don’t get me wrong. But a few things _________ me and made me wonder if it's the harsh truth.

  • Baffled does not imply excitement, but it does imply puzzlement. Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:18
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    @KateBunting Ok. I get it. But still, it has a neutral tone to it. I want a little... umm... disappointing tone
    – WhySee
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:31
  • There's a whole bunch of words for this. Try discombobulated is you want to sound fancy. Basically you want to say ... upset me and... Another word is disconcert.
    – user126190
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:32
  • Ahh... That's it. Discombobulated. That's the word I was looking for. Thanks a lot.
    – WhySee
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:34
  • I'll make an answer myself. That's what you gotta do if you find the answer, isn’t it?
    – WhySee
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:35

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I would suggest "I had a few misgivings about it". This doesn't imply that you were puzzled or confused, just that the experience was not entirely a positive one.

  • Thanks :). About discombobulated, is it used in a comical sense?
    – WhySee
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 13:54
  • @Apoorv, I would say so.
    – randomhead
    Commented May 24, 2021 at 17:52

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