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#1 2008-04-15 22:23:28

From: Winchester Massachusetts
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 674

'shock heard round the world' for 'shot heard round the world'

Except for the niggling detail that shocks aren’t generally audible, this makes perfect sense. Examples:

... a day in early 1974 the U.S. House of Representatives voted 211 to 204 to scrap the National Land-Use Act. It was sort of a shock heard round the world.

“It was the shock heard round the world,” says Marcia Stefanick, PhD, head of the WHI’s steering committee. … 21814.html

But then there was a shock heard ‘round the world: Johnson tested positive for steroids after the race. … &Itemid=40

Feb 15, 2008 … It’s the shock heard ’round the world. Amy Winehouse nabs the Grammy for her pseudo-autobiographical but all too catchy “Rehab. ...



#2 2008-04-16 11:30:46

Registered: 2007-03-21
Posts: 291

Re: 'shock heard round the world' for 'shot heard round the world'

Well, there is shock wave, which is often very noisy.

I’d say two senses of shock are at play here: shocking, meaning surprising or perhaps terrible, plus shock wave or a shock in the sense of a collision, which gets to the “heard” bit.

Yes, darned near perfect.



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