This blog post was inspired by my husband. He was reading a library book, and some wannabe editor had written a correction to something in the book. What was that correction? This person changed “another thing coming” to “another think coming.”
I have always said, “another thing coming.” There is some controversy concerning the correct usage. The grammarians mostly go with “another think coming,” but many people use the one I always say. “Another thing coming” has become so popular that it has become part of the lexicon.
Because of the controversy regarding this phrase, I decided to check out other phrases that might be misused. Many of the misused phrases have to do with homophones, words that are pronounced the same but are spelled differently. However, some on the list are just said incorrectly. That’s where my focus lies. Here is a list, although not an exhaustive one.
I could care less or I couldn’t care less?
Deep-seeded or deep-seated?
Doggy-dog world or dog-eat-dog world?
It’s a mute point or it’s a moot point?
Should of or should have?
Case and point or case in point?
Irregardless or regardless?
Hunger pains or hunger pangs?
Escaped Goat or scapegoat?
For all intensive purposes or for all intents and purposes?
Tongue and cheek or tongue in cheek?
The spitting image or the spit and image?
One in the same or one and the same?
Nipped in the butt or nipped in the bud?
Supposably or supposedly?
If you don’t mind me asking or if you don’t mind my asking?
Chomping at the bit or champing at the bit?
Hone in or home in?
After looking at this list, I realize I have used some of these phrases incorrectly all my life. We usually learn our language patterns from our parents. So if your parents said some of these phrases incorrectly, you probably do also. In the above list, all of the second choices are considered correct. Three of them, besides “another thing coming,” are finding their way into the lexicon because their misuse is so common. Those are “irregardless,” “hunger pains,” and “hone in.” But some grammar snobs will not agree no matter how much those phrases are used.
Which ones, if any, do you misuse?
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