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I'm Cool, Calm, and Collective for All Intensive Purposes

Phrases people get wrong for $1,000, Alex.

What other misspoken phrases Crack you up? It's Cool, Calm and Collected and For All Intents and Purposes. I get how phonetically people can screw it up.

by Anonymousreply 12105/28/2020

It's a doggy-dog world!

by Anonymousreply 104/05/2020

OP, you may find the following threads of interest although many are closed.

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thanks R2 R3 R4 R6 R7 for giving us our just desserts!

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I don't understand why some people pronounce photographer as "furtographer".

by Anonymousreply 1404/05/2020

Or febuary.

by Anonymousreply 1504/05/2020

Most people do, R14. They don't say "furto", so I wonder how "furtographer" makes sense.

Also: Step foot in/on

by Anonymousreply 1604/05/2020

[quote]thanks [R2] [R3] [R4] [R6] [R7] for giving us our just desserts

which really begs the question, why did OP create this thread?

by Anonymousreply 1704/05/2020

I like multiple threads as I prefer fewer numbers of posts. It’s cool OP

by Anonymousreply 1804/05/2020

I think that maybe these people who say "for all intensive purposes" and "doggy dog world" are an urban myth.

You read about them online, but never hear anyone speak that way in real life.

by Anonymousreply 1904/05/2020

I hear it at work sometimes among young employees, and my friend told me that during this pandemic everyone needs to remain calm, cool, and collective which kind of makes sense in the context of a global meltdown.

by Anonymousreply 2004/06/2020

Have your cake and eat it, too. It’s really eat your cake and have it, too.

by Anonymousreply 2104/06/2020

It’s actually “calm, cool, and collected.” The calm comes first.

by Anonymousreply 2204/06/2020

R19- I heard intensive purposes on a sports talk show last year.

by Anonymousreply 2304/06/2020

We could care less, OP.

by Anonymousreply 2404/07/2020

Supposebly. Irregardless. Korn-teen.

by Anonymousreply 2504/07/2020

Hey, for any other grammar/language Nazis out there who post something wrong, would you mind explaining why? The reason I ask is, I'm currently working my way through the threads linked above, and, I had no idea the number of times I thought, "Wow, I've been misusing that all along!"

I don't think I'm a stupid man, and I know I'm not a genius, but the number of misused words and phrases I've used in the past is somewhat worrying. I think a lot of it is that so many words have entered the public consciousness that they've become common and have contributed to my misuse over the years. So if any of you wouldn't mind explaining, that would be very much appreciated! BIGLY!

by Anonymousreply 2604/09/2020

R19 I just heard 'intensive purposes' on CNN this afternoon in an interview!

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by Anonymousreply 2904/09/2020

My friend made me laugh when she said, "I won't cow-tail to them." (kow-tow)

by Anonymousreply 3004/09/2020

Nip it in the butt

by Anonymousreply 3104/09/2020

I've seen people type "to eaches own" as a reply to some online discussion.

by Anonymousreply 3204/09/2020

Anyways. No such word. It is anyway, no s.

by Anonymousreply 3304/09/2020

Some examples would help, r26.

by Anonymousreply 3404/09/2020

R26, I think if you do not read much and just go off what you hear, it is more likely to make these kinds of errors.

by Anonymousreply 3504/09/2020

R19, Hand to God, I taught a high school student who wrote that expression in a paper over thirty years ago. I thought it was charming!

by Anonymousreply 3604/09/2020

No it’s not, R21. “Have your cake” comes first.

by Anonymousreply 3704/09/2020

"Whenever I saw that movie..."

No, dear, it's "WHEN I saw that movie..."

by Anonymousreply 3804/09/2020

Tow the line really is toe the line. To toe the line means to be where you need to be, to act as you need to act, according to a pre-defined standard.

by Anonymousreply 3904/09/2020

[QUOTE] Nip it in the butt

Now that’s one I can actually get behind.

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by Anonymousreply 4004/09/2020

OP, what is it pacifically that’s upsetting you? I would of asked sooner, if I’d known.

by Anonymousreply 4104/09/2020

Since r31 brought up butt, I'm sitting butt naked while I type this.

by Anonymousreply 4204/09/2020


That’s fucking WRONG.


From the word PSYCHOLOGY!!!!!!!!!!

GOD that one pisses me off!!!!!!!!

by Anonymousreply 4304/09/2020

Li -berry. It's LibRARy you illiterate fuck.

Also people who say MUTE point. Moot, it's Moot Rhymes with Boot.

by Anonymousreply 4404/09/2020

I bet they're all college graduates, too.

by Anonymousreply 4504/09/2020

I've noticed a lot of people writing "apart" instead of "a part". Ex: I love being apart of this family! Huh? The biggest offender has to be the word "too". It is unbelievable how many people misuse this word. I know a smart, articulate woman who says "A-sterical" instead of "hysterical". She got really embarrassed when it was pointed out to her, yet stubbornly refuses to correct herself. She is a poster child Leo and dug her heels in about it. Have fun sounding like an idiot, I guess.

by Anonymousreply 4604/09/2020

Just encase you were wondering, I hole heartedly support this thread.

by Anonymousreply 4704/09/2020

It’s deep-seeded! That one actually sounds right, so I get it why people make the mistake.


Along these lines, does NO ONE use “an” anymore? Even newscasters, who should know better. It’s always “a overturned truck,” pronounced “uh.”

by Anonymousreply 4804/09/2020

You welcomed, OP.

by Anonymousreply 4904/09/2020

My Dad’s from Brooklyn. So, I hear “bat-rees” 🔋, hmm, and there’s another infamous one that I can’t remember right now.

by Anonymousreply 5004/09/2020

Let me get a pitcher of that for my photo album.

by Anonymousreply 5104/09/2020

How about “ba-uhl” (bottle) and “Manhah-an” (Manhattan)?

by Anonymousreply 5204/09/2020

I think this thread is very impor-ant.

by Anonymousreply 5304/09/2020

Grrrrr that drives me fucking nuts R52. Remember on the show Martin, his girlfriend Gina used to say "Mar-en!" constantly and it grated on me so bad.

by Anonymousreply 5404/09/2020

Irregardless, OP- I could care less.

by Anonymousreply 5504/09/2020

R50 did he say RAD-iator instead of RAY-diator?

by Anonymousreply 5604/09/2020

A woman in my office directed someone to "the last cuticle" in the row.

by Anonymousreply 5704/09/2020

Lately I'm hearing Ideology, pronounced beginning with ID. Ideologies comes from Ideas (note EYE-deas).

by Anonymousreply 5804/09/2020

R50 and R56 My dad still says RAD-iator. He's from Baltimore and moved to Florida 30 years ago. He has worked hard to lose his Balmer accent, but some things still come through. It's really funny to hear him say WAH-ter now, instead of WOO-der. Good job though, Dad.

by Anonymousreply 5904/09/2020

[quote]"Whenever I saw that movie..."

[quote]No, dear, it's "WHEN I saw that movie..."

Actually, dear, it depends on how many times you saw a particular movie. As in, "Whenever I saw Godfather II, either Nina, Chuck, or Joel came with me. They liked seeing it over and over, too."

Or "Whenever I saw An Unmarried Woman, I would stay 'til the very end credits and walk out humming the theme" (and you know I saw it whenever I could in 1978 and '79).

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Who"ever" can forget this one? At 0:25

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by Anonymousreply 6104/09/2020

R60 Actually, dear, we know that.

by Anonymousreply 6204/09/2020

A lot - two words. There is no such thing as alot.

by Anonymousreply 6304/09/2020

The worst are:

1. You’re/your

2. They’re/their/there

3. Plurals written as possessive: “all the tiger’s.”

by Anonymousreply 6404/09/2020

When I had my first radio job, pronounced "era" as EH-ruh. Was quickly told it's EAR-uh. Saying EH-ruh will make listeners think you're referring to an "error." The example they gave was "Bill Clinton's era." Several stations later have never made the mistake again..

by Anonymousreply 6504/09/2020

I'm on tender hooks.

by Anonymousreply 6604/09/2020

R37, Wrong, sorry. The point of the adage is to consume something in toto, yet want to still possess it.

Thus, the eating must precede the wishing.

(Of COURSE one can "have cake and eat it, too." That's called "eating" and there's no moral to the story!)

by Anonymousreply 6704/13/2020

I was gonna axe that question.

by Anonymousreply 6804/13/2020

"I seen..." bugs me. It appears a lot on Facebook.

by Anonymousreply 6904/13/2020

I like All Intensive Purposes better than All Intents and Purposes

by Anonymousreply 7004/13/2020

R31, a co-worker of mine has said that a couple of times, "nip it in the butt." She also recently texted me, "I don't know why [so and so] is so gun hold on it."

by Anonymousreply 7104/13/2020

I worked at a bank out of college and my boss, an otherwise really smart woman, would always call affidavits "after Davids."

by Anonymousreply 7204/13/2020

The USA is one big remedial English class.

by Anonymousreply 7304/13/2020

Gay hookup sites (Grindr, A4A, etc.) are the mother load - oops! - mother lode of butchered English.

“I am a dominate man.”

“Looking for a non-seen guy.”

“You must be discrete.”

“I’m into marshall arts.”

That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

by Anonymousreply 7404/13/2020

R74 Or my favorite, "Educated. You should be to."

by Anonymousreply 7504/14/2020

'In one foul swoop.' Evocative in its way, but a misquotation.

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"Did you notice lately"

by Anonymousreply 7704/14/2020

R17, maybe not the most elegant phrasing, but not incorrect unless I am missing something.

by Anonymousreply 7804/14/2020

Bone apple tea. "Bon Appétit"

There's a whole subreddit dedicated to malapropisms.

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Sorry, better link

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"You shit not have said that" in lieu of "should not have"

"I woot not do that" instead of "I would not"

"It tapes one to know one"

by Anonymousreply 8104/17/2020

When people ask for your “John Henry” instead of your “John Hancock” when requiring your signature

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WTF R81? Where do you live?

by Anonymousreply 8304/21/2020

Lol R83 I was just about to ask if R81 lives in Appalachia.

by Anonymousreply 8404/22/2020

"Spitting image" is now an acceptable phrase, but the original, correct phrase was "spit and image." I tend to use the latter, because it makes more sense semantically, but have gotten Oh-deared on DL because of it.

by Anonymousreply 8504/22/2020

"I waited with baited breath."

Wrong, dimwits. It's "with [bold]bated[/bold] breath."

bated (adjective): reduced; lowered; restrained

In other words, I was waiting with such anticipation I could hardly breathe.

by Anonymousreply 8604/22/2020

It annoys me when people incorrectly pronounce JEWELRY as JEW-LUR-EE.

by Anonymousreply 8704/22/2020

R87 Or "real-o-tor" instead of "realtor."

by Anonymousreply 8804/22/2020

R85, actually "spit and image" came later. The earliest recorded uses of this phrase are "spitten image."

One branch turned it into "spitting image" and another into "spit and image." Both have claimed to be the "original" but there is no actual earlier recorded use of either.

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"It's a mute point." Maybe then it was misheard, and others considered it moot.

by Anonymousreply 9004/22/2020

I love to hate Adam the Woo, an everyman vlogger with a real talent for malaprops and general slaughtering of the English language. I shouldn't, because it's obviously unintentional, and I have my own lapses.

by Anonymousreply 9104/22/2020

For R37

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I hate when people use less when they should use fewer.

Watching Trump’s COVID-19 propaganda sessions are particularly disheartening because the president, VP, Fauci, and Birx always say “less people” instead of fewer people. They’re supposed to be some of the most educated Americans and can’t even master basic grammar.

by Anonymousreply 9304/22/2020

"Sweet" instead of suite "Mystery animals" instead of mistreat animals "When do" instead of when due "Corn rolls" instead of cornrows "Corn roads" instead of cornrows "Pet bowl" instead of Pitbull "Pick bull" instead of Pitbull "Rock Wyler" instead of Rottweiler "Cultive Personality" instead of Cult of Personality "Bowl of shit" instead of Bullshit "Whore's shit" instead of Horse shit "Auto Man" instead of Ottoman

by Anonymousreply 9404/27/2020

Oop, formatting errors galore!

by Anonymousreply 9504/27/2020

R94, you do realize that "sweet" and "suite" are pronounced alike...?

by Anonymousreply 9604/27/2020

"reign in" instead of rein in we're all probably stuck with forever. But even more so, loose for lose. Ever since the Internet started, people just have to type "loose" when they mean "lose." It's just a thing, and I suspect it will always be a thing.

by Anonymousreply 9704/27/2020

All of these examples make me kindly flustrated...

by Anonymousreply 9804/27/2020

I'm sorry. Has anyone mentioned "beck and call" for "beckon call?"

by Anonymousreply 9904/27/2020

Yes, r96, but the context should be a dead giveaway unless you are young, uneducated or both.

"I'm staying in a penthouse SWEET instead of a standard king room"-- if that doesn't look wrong to you, then the elevator doesn't go all the way up to the top floor. No pun intended, suite heart.

by Anonymousreply 10004/27/2020

R85 I've heard "spinning image" too many times to count. "Spit in image" is new to me.

by Anonymousreply 10104/27/2020

So R100 can hear how a speaker would spell a word. It must be something subtle in the tone of voice.

by Anonymousreply 10204/27/2020

So is everyone honkering down during this pandemic?

by Anonymousreply 10304/27/2020

R99 You are incorrect. It is "beck and call".

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by Anonymousreply 10404/28/2020

R94 Do you also live in Appalachia, perhaps West Virginia? I have never heard of ANY of yours. Who says "bowl of shit" instead of bullshit?

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I'm going to keep being wrong, then - "Beckon call" for life

by Anonymousreply 10604/28/2020

The beck is the gesture one makes for another to approach. Thus "to beckon".

The call is the vocal version.

The former was more associated with court - being silent, less likely to be noticed in general (if necessary) and more dignified.

Yelling a name out the window was the mark of a boor or a peasant.

So to be at a person's beck and call means being beholden to them in every potential occasion or level of society.

by Anonymousreply 10704/28/2020

Go ahead and continue to embarrass yourself and be a mumpsimus R99, R106. It's your life.

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by Anonymousreply 10804/28/2020

This thread has put me threw the ringer.

by Anonymousreply 10904/28/2020

R105, no, I'm originally from Washington DC.

Most of those malapropisms and misunderstandings come from a brother and sister I know. They're from my hometown.

by Anonymousreply 11005/22/2020

Hey! I want to axe you something. Are they really tearing the chimley off the liberry?

by Anonymousreply 11105/22/2020

According to many signs, places of business are closed due to corn teen. Whoever that is.

by Anonymousreply 11205/22/2020

"Bowl-faced lie" instead of bold-faced lie

"Don't comfort me" instead of "Don't come for me!"

by Anonymousreply 11305/22/2020

R19 I hear 'doggy dog world' a lot.

by Anonymousreply 11405/22/2020

"Up and ATOM!"

by Anonymousreply 11505/22/2020

For r112

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"Good tuno" instead of "good to know"

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by Anonymousreply 11805/26/2020

Wipe that Smurf off your face!

by Anonymousreply 11905/26/2020

[quote]Wipe that Smurf off your face!

That’s a whole nother thing!

by Anonymousreply 12005/26/2020

Post Office Transexual instead of Post-Op Transsexual

Gweeto instead of Guido

Gay-a-Gender instead of gay agenda

Poe Stop instead of Post-Op

Instinks instead of instincts

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