This isn’t a complaint, but the section police might believe it is and become annoyed that it’s in the wrong place elsewhere, so here it is.
Are there expressions people use that you believe are wrong or use incorrect words, even if you know what they mean? A couple for me:
“To try and” do something rather than “to try to” do it. The first expression is probably more common in America than the latter, and even appears in formally-edited writing. It just doesn’t seem right to me, though.
“He must of” done something rather than “he must have” done it. I attribute the common use of the first to people’s hearing the spoken contraction, “He must’ve” and understanding it as “must of.”
What are yours?
(This question is more about expressions used by normal people, not gun fanatics [ ] who are concerned about clip versus magazines, and those sorts of specialized terms.)
“I can’t give you brains, but I can give you a diploma.”
— The Wizard of Oz
|The Unmanned Writer|
Any phrase or sentence using "irregardless."
Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.
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Only in an insane world are the sane considered insane.
Some people listen to the noise of the world,
And some people listen to the quiet.
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Is it inflammable or flammable?
|Striker in waiting|
Waiting or standing on line (wrong) vs. in line (correct).
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That one kills me.
Another is “take and do....”.
I think I use the first example interchangeable but got try to makes more sense.
As for the second one must of is actually must’ve, a contraction of must have(though perhaps not a grammatically proper one).
|Frangas non Flectes|
The second example in the OP drives me absolutely up the wall. Same with “should of” instead of “should’ve” or “should have.” Words have meaning.
|On the DL|
It's combustible, too.
A mind is a terrible thing.
|His diet consists of black|
coffee, and sarcasm.
Turning up missing. An oxymoron.
He dindu nuffin.
Put it up. (Southern for putting something away)
|paradox in a box|
The most obvious one to me, that absolutely drives me batshit crazy is "could care less" instead of "couldn't care less".
These go to eleven.
|Too soon old, |
Too late smart
Starting a thread with "So". Just drop it,it adds nothing to the substance of your post and no doubt is ungrammatical.
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I wouldn't let anyone do to me what I've done to myself
Oh yes, that, and the incorrect use of "fitment", are the two biggest pet peeves of mine. How often do you see folks talk about barrel fitment? Really embarrassing.
|Not really from Vienna|
“Bring” vs “take”
|On the DL|
Woke up dead.
A mind is a terrible thing.
|Eating, sleeping and boinking. Everything else is just Filler.|
"No problem" instead of "You're welcome" in response to "Thank you".
I love it here!
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Too many to list. Lets just say that the zombies should look elsewhere.
|The cake is a lie!|
"I could care less".
'Towing the line', when they mean 'toeing the line'
'Ironically' when they mean 'coincidentally'
'Playing Devil's Advocate' when they mean 'for the sake of debate'
'Begging the question' when they mean 'raising the question'
|Drill Here, Drill Now|
The character Anthony on Blue Bloods uses double negatives all the time and there are not infrequently jokes about it at his expense
Ego is the anesthesia that deadens the pain of stupidity
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