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#1 2008-07-05 04:12:44

Dixon Wragg
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From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1372

"taken back" for "taken aback"

From an email dated 8/15/05.

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#2 2008-07-08 20:38:34

Tom Neely
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Re: "taken back" for "taken aback"

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.

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#3 2008-07-08 22:27:33

DavidTuggy
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From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-11
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Re: "taken back" for "taken aback"

Hi,

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* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)

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