Beware of Commonly Misstated Phrases

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DON’T embarrass yourself by saying or writing commonly misused idioms such as the following ones. The incorrect phrase is stated first, followed by the correct one:

For all intensive purposes — For all intents and purposes

Statue of limitations — Statute of limitations

I could care less — I couldn’t care less

Jive with — Jibe with

Scotch free — Scot free

Hunger pains — Hunger pangs

Beckon call — Beck and call

Butt naked — Buck naked

Mute point — Moot point

Case and point — Case in point

The spitting image — The spit and image

On tender hooks — On tenterhooks

Hone in — Home in

One in the same — One and the same

Deep-seeded — Deep seated

By in large — By and large

Nip it in the butt — Nip it in the bud

You’ve got another thing coming — You’ve got another think…

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  10 comments for “Beware of Commonly Misstated Phrases

  1. 01/13/2018 at 10:03 am

    Super useful list.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. 01/13/2018 at 10:25 am

    There are so many. Love these.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

    Liked by 1 person

  3. 01/13/2018 at 11:41 am

    Excellent! Thank you for sharing. I quizzed Bill. He got most of them correct.

    Liked by 1 person

    • 01/13/2018 at 12:11 pm

      Good for Bill. I liked this and wanted to share. I missed some of these, as well. Some I haven’t heard of until now.

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Jim
    01/13/2018 at 11:57 am

    I say “butt nekkid”. 😉

    Liked by 1 person

    • 01/13/2018 at 12:12 pm

      I’m sure you’re not the only one. 😉


  5. 01/13/2018 at 11:45 pm

    I’ve seen this before. It’s very much an irritant, to hear or see these. There is also “There’s (there is) things I dislike about you.”


  6. 01/14/2018 at 12:05 pm

    On the whole, I don’t like to use trite expressions in writing but this list is quite useful for correcting “loose tongue” speaking

    Liked by 1 person

    • 01/14/2018 at 3:10 pm

      I agree. I’ve frequently heard these expressions, but, I have not seen them used much in writing, fortunately.


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