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Thanks for your understanding.
Chris -- 2018-04-11
From an email dated 8/15/05.
Hey, David, You probably know that, “taken aback,” is a nautical expression involving how the wind hits the sails. In that sense it is a dead metaphor, except among sailors. Even when people use it correctly, they usually do knot (nautical joke) know what they are saying.
If I’m the David you’re addressing, no, I didn’t know that. I am now enlightened. Thanks!
What did it mean? That the wind was suddenly pushing the ship towards the stern?
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .