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How many common phrases have you been saying wrong?

For 'all intensive purposes'? WRONG.

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276 Comments
Tom Erskine
Not that hard. I've been speaking English most of my life!
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Jan 17, 2020 1:43PM
Mary Rooney
19. pressed one in error
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Jan 16, 2020 7:30PM
Christina Birnie
Real wordsmith
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Jan 16, 2020 6:22AM
Patricia Warren
chipdhf, I completely agree
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Jan 12, 2020 7:37PM
Veronics Moss
Know my stuff just slipped out on minor ones, sorry. 😁
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Jan 8, 2020 3:07PM
surbushan
14/20,it didnt faze me .
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Jan 7, 2020 9:55PM
ruthfunk
an OK quiz
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Jan 6, 2020 9:49PM
jch
jch
19/20. Good but not great.
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Dec 30, 2019 6:14PM
Alexander Sickert
too many spelling issues
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Dec 28, 2019 10:26PM
dreamcr
real wordsmith
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Dec 28, 2019 7:08PM
Karen Benedict
19/20--a real wordsmith...
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Dec 26, 2019 1:59PM
John New
No, it’s correctchipdhf,
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Dec 21, 2019 4:16PM
John New
No, it’s bang onLouis Michael Durocher,,
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Dec 21, 2019 4:15PM
Todd Van Dell
Carole Truswell, Actually, you're not correct. It has always been another "think" coming. But because Judas Priest did that song "You Got Another Thing Coming" everyone seems to believe it's "thing" not "think". Like, this correct phrase is: "How you doing? I just wanted to touch base with you." But in the past few years, people have decided "base" should be plural. "Bases". Not correct. And something I found intriguing: The phrase USED to be "the acorn doesn't fall far from the tree" but years later "acorn" morphed into an "apple", I suspect because of Isaac Newton and the apple falling on his head leading to his discovery of gravity. Reality is, apple's often bounce a fair ways away from the tree they grow on, if you've ever been in an apple orchard. But acorns don't bounce far from their trees at all when they land. And yet, "apple" has become so assimilated and so fully associated with the phrase that nowadays "acorn" is considered wrong. But it's always been "another think coming". I think, due to the two consecutive hard K sounds "think" "coming", when people say the phrase quickly, it sounds like "thing" "coming". But. If you think about it within the context of the phrase? "Thing" makes no sense at all, truthfully. "If you think that, you've got another think coming." "Thing" just doesn't make sense. The irony is, that same song that used "thing" incorrectly instead of "think" used "think" correctly later in the song to actually prove why "thing" is wrong: "Listen I ain't foolin' And you'd better Think again." Which is my argument proving "thing" is incorrect. Because it would have said "thing again". Keep in mind, if you're still convinced "thing" is correct? There is ANOTHER cliche that disproves the correctness of "thing": "You might want to think twice about that." You'd never say "you might want to thing twice about that." So, why would it be "you've got another thing coming"? Exactly. It would not be.
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Dec 12, 2019 10:29PM
Todd Van Dell
L Lh Adams, I should have been 20/20, but was 19/20 because I seem to forget it's "couldn't care less" not "could care less." Congratulations on a perfect score.
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Dec 12, 2019 10:05PM

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