words fail me

words fail me

I can't put my thoughts or feelings into words, especially because of surprise or shock, as in When she showed up at the wedding with all three ex-husbands-well, words fail me. [Second half of 1900s]
See also: fail, word
References in classic literature ?
She approached nearer--and I said to myself (with a sense of surprise which words fail me to express), The lady is ugly!