The King and I
Music: Richard Rodgers
Lyrics: Oscar Hammerstein II
11. A Puzzlement
When I was a boy
World was better spot.
What was so was so,
What was not was not.
Now I am a man;
World have changed a lot.
Some things nearly so,
Others nearly not. ...
In conclusion I concluded long ago
In my head are many facts
That, as a student, I have studied to procure,
In my head are many facts..
Of which I wish I was more certain I was sure!
Is a puzzlement...http://libretto.musicals.ru/text.php?textid=1...
In "The King and I" the late Yul Brynner, as ruler of Siam, bewails his "confusion of conclusion" he "concluded long ago."
His soliloquy concerning questions to which a lifetime of soul searching has yielded no satisfactory answers ends with a plaintive: "BUT! IS A PUZZLEMENT!" http://www.latc.com/1998/01/26/comment/commen...http://forum.leo.org/cgi-bin/dict/forum.cgi?a...
Don't let the post by 'Yul' in that thread puzzle you. (-:
The king's use of the word 'puzzlement' is a mistake, because it's not really a countable noun. Normally in English we would indeed say, for example, 'His puzzlement grew,' but 'It's a puzzle' or 'It's puzzling.' You can find other small mistakes in the song.
People sometimes just use 'a puzzlement' tongue in cheek, in the sense of the song. In this case it was only a mildly funny allusion to another example of rather fractured non-native English.