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GRAMMAR NAZI: 30 Commonly misused phrases

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I am guilty of making grammar goofs often, even though I have a degree in Journalism and make much of my living writing these days.

Still in the social media world, I  am constantly bumping into people in the comment section of blog posts, on Twitter and on friends’ Facebook statuses making all sorts of verbal faux pas by misusing common phrases. I cringe many times. It appears many people have heard certain phrases and words said in real world social context but never really learned how they are spelled. Here are a few offenders:

incorrect usage

1. YOU GOT ANOTHER THING COMING  – this phrase is now common and absorbed into modern language, but initially the real term was

YOU GOT ANOTHER THINK COMING

incorrect usage

2. FOR ALL INTENSIVE PURPOSES – just plain wrong, it is

FOR ALL INTENTS AND PURPOSES

incorrect usage

3. MINES – the possessive for of “that belongs to me” is it is

MINE

4. SEWING WILD OATS – nope, oats are something that a farmer cultivates not a seamstress so the term is

SOWING WILD OATS

incorrect usage

5. TOW THE LINE – Actually the term is a description of using one’s toe to draw a line across the sand and thus the correct term is

TOE THE LINE

incorrect usage

6. COULD CARE LESS – Yes you could but you don’t so the right phrase is I

COULDN’T CARE LESS

incorrect usage

7. IRREGARDLESS –  While this is actually a real word that has been in the English language for over a century, it’s not a favored term rather, you should use

IRRESPECTIVE or REGARDLESS

OTHER RANDOM TERMS AND WORDS

INCORRECT -CORRECT

8. LEADWAY   – LEEWAY

9. AKS  -ASK

10.  ONE IN THE SAME – ONE AND THE SAME

11. LABTOP – LAPTOP

12. LOW AND BEHOLD – LO AND BEHOLD

13. NUKE AND CRANNIE – NOOK AND CRANNY

14. SUPPOSABLY – SUPPOSEDLY

15. TONGUE AND CHEEK  – TONGUE IN CHEEK

16. FLUSH OUT THE DETAILS – FLESH OUT THE DETAILS

17. NIP IT IN THE BUTT – NIP IT IN THE BUD

18. YOU NEVER SEEM TO AMAZE ME – YOU NEVER CEASE TO AMAZE ME

19. TAKE IT FOR GRANITE – TAKE IT FOR GRANTED

20. COULD OF – COULD‘VE (PREPOSITION OF COULD HAVE)

21. WET YOUR APPETITE – WHET YOUR APPETITE

22. HUNGER PAINS – HUNGER PANGS

23. THAT’S A MUTE POINT – THAT’S A MOOT POINT

24. POUR OVER THE DOCUMENTS – PORE OVER THE DOCUMENTS

25. YOU’VE PEAKED MY INTEREST – PIQUED MY INTEREST

26. CASE AND POINT – CASE IN POINT

27. BECKON CALL – BECK AND CALL

28. IT’S A DOGGY-DOG WORLD – IT’S A DOG EAT DOG WORLD

29. IT DOESN’T JIVE WELL – IT DOESN’T JIBE WELL

30. SUPPOSE TO – SUPPOSED TO

WHAT ELSE!? ADD YOURS?

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One comment

  • I teach ESL and am aware of most of the above mistakes. However, In reference to the first error, I never knew that “think” was the word to be used. Though, I did laugh when I read number 18….I absolutely know people that never seem to amaze me!!!

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