taken shocked

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Thu Nov 8 14:17:16 UTC 2012

>From today's LA Times:

"Nor should they be taken shocked by Latinos rejection of their plan."

I'm guessing that "taken shocked" is an amalgamation of "taken aback"
and "shocked" and I'm surprised to find quite a few examples of "taken
shocked" on the internet.

Or is "taken shocked" just a typo and sloppy editing? After all, you'd
expect an apostrophe after Latinos in the sentence quoted above.


Paul Frank
German, French, Chinese => English
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
paulfrank at post.harvard.edu

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