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shell-shocked - is this common?  
von MartinKr, 2017-08-13, 08:22  Spam?  185.145.66....
context: "I met this women at a party and she looked absolutely shell-shocked"

Now if I look at the translations for "verstört", there are quite a few, and "distracted" is obviously the most common neutral one: verstört

Now shell-shocked is really figurative, I really like it, makes me smile. But is it really common word? Is it a bit more negative in this context, like "the women could also be crazy"?
von ddr (AT), 2017-08-13, 08:42  Spam?  
I suppose you know, what shell-shock is?
To my mind to look shell-shocked means, you look as if you had gone through  an absolutely terrible experience recently and I think verstört is quite apt as a translation. But I am no native speaker, I can't say if shell-shocked is a term commonly used nowadays.
von MartinKr, 2017-08-13, 08:55  Spam?  185.145.66....
Do I know what shell-shocked is? Well the association that came to my mind immediately is a soldier firing a machine gun, the gun "spits out" shells, and it is extremely loud, so it is a quit shocking / immersive experience. Is this the wrong picture?
von MartinKr, 2017-08-13, 08:59  Spam?  185.145.66....
And oh, If you refer to the "makes me smile" part - that is just because it is so figurative - I just like these type of words
von ddr (AT), Last modified: 2017-08-13, 09:23  Spam?  
Wikipedia(EN): Shell_shock
Wikipedia(DE): Two_Thousand_Yard_Stare

Man könnte auch übersetzen, wie jemand, der unter einer posttraumatischen Belastungsstörung leidet.
von sunfunlili (DE/GB), 2017-08-13, 09:28  Spam?  
" shell-shocked, adj.
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Pronunciation:  Brit. /ˈʃɛlʃɒkt/,  U.S. /ˈʃɛlˌʃɑkt/
Frequency (in current use):  
Origin: Formed within English, by compounding. Etymons: shell n., shocked adj.1
Etymology: < shell n. + shocked adj.1 In sense 2 after shell shock n.
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†1. Assailed with artillery shells. Obs. rare.

1898—1898(Show quotations)


a. Suffering from shell shock. Now chiefly hist.

1915—2001(Show quotations)

b. In extended and hyperbolical use: in a state of severe shock or dazed confusion; characterized by such a state. "
oh ok, I see - the context is more drastic than I thought  #876311
von MartinKr, 2017-08-13, 09:33  Spam?  185.145.66....
By the way, I read recently a book about military history, where the background of the famous "Thousand Yard Stare" painting was explained. So I might have a weak spot for military language. But I see, the background of the shell shock meaning is quite drastic. Got it.
von uffiee, 2017-08-13, 12:09  Spam?  80.144.119...
it is in colloquial BE
Shell-shocked.   #876352
von Catesse (AU), 2017-08-14, 05:45  Spam?  
This term is used nowadays mainly in a figurative sense. The current politically correct term is PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Actually, they are not exact duplicates. "Shell-shocked" can be fairly transient; PTSD is often a life-long condition. (However, usage is not consistent.)
thanks Catesse!  #876380
von MartinKr, 2017-08-14, 22:03  Spam?  185.145.66....

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