gaffed

Sometimes they find their way back to their world, where they sit around a lot with a gaffed look in their eyes, their mouths loosing words slowly like bubbles drifting away.

Kindle was all about the “gaffer” and “social gaffe” definitions, but then I found this, on TheFreeDictionary.com:

  • gaff, noun: A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish.
  • verb: To hook or land (a fish) using a gaff.

So the humans that have made their way back from the underwater world sit around looking like hooked fish. That’s… kind of awesome.