Let’s be honest. We all get phrases wrong some of the time. It’s easy to mis-hear something the first time, then repeat what you think you heard, forever…and ever. Think about lyrics to songs and how turned around they can get. For a long time, I thought the title of Bob Dylan’s song, “Tangled up in Blue” was “Italian Leather Shoes.” And remember the song “Blinded by the Light” by Bruce Springsteen? There’s the line that goes, “Revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night” and I thought Bruce was saying, “Wrecked up like Medussa, etc.” I must have been studying mythology the first time I heard it. Thank goodness I evenutally figured that one out. I’m a Jersey Girl , you know, and that would have been bad!
So, in the spirit of having a laugh at some of the phrases we get wrong, I picked ten from several sources (listed below). The correct phrases are in parentheses.
- To be pacific (to be specific)
- An escape goat (a scapegoat)
- Lack toast and tolerant (lactose intolerant)
- For all intensive purposes (for all intents and purposes)
- Heimlich remover (Heimlich maneuver)
- Buy in large (by and large)
- I could care less (I couldn’t care less)
- Fall by the waste side (fall by the wayside)
- Nip it in the butt (nip it in the bud)
- Nerve wrecking (nerve wracking)
I hope you are either bemused or amused by this list. Click on the links below for more examples.
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