Common Phrases We Screw Up
Have you heard your friends or coworkers say common phrases wrong? Drives you nuts but you don’t want to correct them because well… you’ll look like a complete jerk.
Did you know that “You’ve got another thing coming” is wrong as well?
To begin with it was, “If that’s what you think, you’ve got another think coming.” A long time ago the first part got tossed out, and and somewhere along the line “Think” got replaced with “thing.” So now… you sound like the jerk if you say it correctly!
Here’s five of them that annoy me the most:
1. “For all intensive purposes.” It’s really “for all intents and purposes.” The other way is like saying, “for all these very thorough purposes.” Which doesn’t make sense.
2. “Nip it in the butt.” The correct phrase is “nip it in the bud,” like a flower bud. The other way makes it sound like you want to bite someone’s rear end.
3. “One in the same.” If you say it like that, it doesn’t make sense. The real phrase is, “one and the same,” which means two things are alike.
4. “Case and point.” The correct way to say it is, “case in point.” It’s like saying, “Here’s an example of the point I’m trying to make.”
5. “I could care less.” If you say it like that, you’re really saying you do care about something. The correct phrase is, “I couldn’t care less.”
(Via: Business Insider)