Common English Phrases Part 1-Are you saying them correctly?
So you have ‘two heads ate better than one’ and ‘look on the bright-side’ down, but are you really sure it’s ‘nip in the butt’? Or is it ‘bud’? Time to put your mind at ease-we have the answer to your problems! In this new series, Common English Phrases, I have conjured up a list (courtesy of Dominique Jackson) of the top 25 Common English Phrases that have been used incorrectly time and time again.
These phrases usually stem from pronunciation errors which can usually come from ‘auditory differentiation mistakes’. It’s like the childhood game of ‘telephone’. Where one person whispers a sentence in one person’s ear, and then that person whispers into another person’s ear, etc. By the time the sentence get’s whispered around the circle, usually there’s a completely different sentence being said! Our brains perceive sounds differently than our ears do sometimes…especially in a context when words are spoken too fast or too soft.
Common English Phrases
1. Nip in the bud vs. Nip in the butt
The right way: Nip in the bud
Meaning: To stop something from growing/getting worse by doing something to make it better.
Sentence: I drank a ton of orange juice and got a lot of sleep yesterday so I could nip this cold in the bud.
2. I could care less vs. I couldn’t care less
The right way: I couldn’t care less
Meaning: You don’t care about a certain topic at all. (vs. I could care less means you do care about the topic, just not as much.)
Sentence: I couldn’t care less about whether my burger has onions or not.
3. One in the same vs. One and the same
The right way: One and the same
Meaning: Two things that are the same.
Sentence: Identical twins are one and the same people.
4. You’ve got another thing coming vs. You’ve got another think coming
The right way: Both…kind of. The phrase was first used as ‘You’ve got another think coming’. However, the ‘incorrect’ version (You’ve got another thing coming) makes somewhat more sense then the original, and it is used more commonly today.
Meaning: Contrary to what someone thinks, the certain thought won’t be happening.
Sentence: If you think you can get an A on our test tomorrow without studying, you’ve got another think/g coming.
5. Each one worse than the next vs. Each one worse than the last
The right way: Each one worse than the last
Meaning: A present ‘thing’ is worse than the previous ‘thing'(s).
Sentence: Each bite was worst than the last when eating my mom’s meatloaf.
Common English Phrases and Accent Reduction
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