- “a comprehensive economic sweet of incentives”
- “I’d defiantly do it again”
- “Lantern, who’s president”
- “[the garden] should not look unkept”
- “I was sort of taken back by them” and
“they’re quite taken back by the DASNY estimates”
[taken aback] Register-Star
NOTE #1: For this installment, the names of the authors have been omitted to protect both the innocent and the less-than-innocent.
NOTE #2: Both of the misuses of “taken back” above came from statements by Hudson Mayor Richard Scalera; so arguably the reporter might have simply been reflecting the speaker’s mistake, rather than mishearing a correct usage. To be taken back is to reminisce; to be taken aback is to be astonished or appalled.
NOTE #3: Readers are welcome to submit items for future Typo Phile columns via email. Please note that I’m not so much interested in run-of-the-mill typographic slips-of-the-keyboard, which happen to all of us, but rather in actual misuses or abuses of the English language.