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I CANT BELEIVE I SAY THAT WRONG: Phrases We Fail At

by Tony Creech on Tuesday, June 2, 2015

You might be shocked by how many common phrases and words that you’re saying incorrectly. Here’s a list of the ones you might be saying wrong.

 at Lifehack.com posted 25 Common Phrases That You’re Saying Wrong and I thought I’d not be caught up in the misspeaking. I was wrong.

Let me come clean on a couple I’ve gotten mixed up about

 For all intensive purposes vs. For all intents and purposes

You may feel very strongly and intense about your purpose, but that doesn’t make the phrase correct. Another common incorrect use of the phrase is switching the words “for” and “with”. The correct phrase means that you are covering all possibilities and circumstances.

Yep, I’ve messed that up.

One she brings up has me puzzled, or at least wondering if the linguists of the world might counter her logic. Basically, If a word or phrase gets used to mean something, then that’s what it means, even if it’s wrong.  We can misquote something long enough that it becomes a valid new form -after all that’s how language works and grows and how we create such phrases in the first place.

The one I’m speaking of is:

You’ve got another thing coming (wrong) vs. You’ve got another think coming (correct)

What do you think?

One I think she’s wrong about (and doing what I mentioned above, in terms of ignoring the validity of new language forms that created in constructivist fashion):

Sorta vs. Sort of

The phrase “sort of” was too long so someone decided to shorten it up and turn it into sorta. I think it’s just sorta lazy.

Ok, enough bickering,  here are a few others that I didn’t really know about:

Hone in vs. Home in

The word hone means to sharpen or improve somehow. For example, you can hone your speaking skills. To home in on something means to get closer to it. “We’re homing in on a cure for cancer”.

Really? Interesting, and the mix up also makes sense in a way.

You can go to her article for her full list, but I’ve leave you with a clip from Seinfeld that pokes fun of the oft misspoken ‘statue of limitations’ (wrong) vs. ‘statute of limitations’ (correct)

 

 

Tony Creech
anthony thomas creech is Founder of Citadel Magazine. He's a marketing executive, filmmaker, screenwriter, columnist, and university lecturer on film, audio, media, and faith. You can find him at thecreechleague.com