As a writer, I obviously have a small love affair with the English language. I love words, I love grammar, I love idioms and colloquialisms and regionalisms. I love the vast tapestry that is the US because it gives me so much to consider in terms of our language. I try not to be a snob about it, really I do! Because I know that I am in no way perfect when it comes to English -- that honor belongs to Catherine Gayle, I think :)
One of my favorite things to consider in our language are popular phrases and sayings that are commonly misused or mis-said.
For instance, did you know that there is no such thing as a Cardshark?!?! I didn't, until about three minutes ago. The actual word is Cardsharp! With a P! Mind has officially been blown and it's not even lunchtime!
A couple that I've heard out in the "wild" are "We're not out of the words yet," instead of "out of the woods." (Hubby and I actually say "words" now just because we think it's so funny) And the lady at Starbucks said to me the other day, as I grabbed a sample of lemon pound cake, "Bet you can eat just one!" Now, I know from watching Garfield & Friends as a child that the phrase is "Bet you can't eat just one!" But I'm grateful to that Starbucks lady for giving me the idea for this blog :)
My husband admitted that until recently, he thought the phrase was "Six of one, dozen of the other." He never understood how that was a good analogy for things that were basically the same. Ha!
And I'll admit that I always thought it was "For all intensive purposes," rather than "For all intents and purposes." It was only very recently that I figured that one out. LOL!
I also just learned it's "Bald-faced lie" NOT "Bold-faced"! What?!?
And wait a minute...I think I'm about to blow everyone's mind here... Did you ever say that someone was the "Spitting image" of someone else? Probably. I'm pretty sure no one knows what it really is, but apparently, it's "Spit AND image!" I can hardly stay in my seat, I've been so blown away!
What about you? Any phrases that you learned you were saying wrong after years of saying them one way? Or are you the one always correcting people when they get the phrase wrong? :)
-Jerrica, Her Grace of Grammar