"Run amok" = "Run afoul"

Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Sat Jan 26 00:27:09 UTC 2013

I saw this in today's Globe and Mail:

"Councillor Joe Mihevc, a frequent critic of the mayor, said he hopes Mr.
Ford will use the ruling to 'bridge the divide' on council. 'If you are
fighting all the time, you run amok of the law and you run amok of your
council colleagues.'"


This blog post is from 18 January

"However, there has also been a feeling that employees have been able to run
amok of IT departments with their mobile devices."


There is also this from 3 January:

"Officials who text about official business during the legislative process
may actually run amok of Virginia's open meeting requirements."


Mark Liberman dealt with similar shifts in the meaning of "run amok" back in
2008 on Language Log: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=791

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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