What is the meaning of ‘mind-blowing’?

This is an expression that has been around since the 1960s. During this period, people sometimes took drugs which produced hallucinatory effects; these drugs were called ‘mind-blowing drugs’. With the passage of time, any experience which affected the mind or emotions of an individual began to be called ‘mind-blowing’. Nowadays, the expression is used to mean ‘overwhelming’, ‘shocking’, or ‘astonishing’.

*Trekking through the forest all alone was a mind-blowing experience.

Source: ‘Know Your English’ – “The Hindu”  on Dec. 18, 2007


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