There’s a certain feeling that comes from hearing that something you absolutely believed to be true is actually wrong--say, that the '90s were 10 years ago. That’s how we felt when someone told us that the phrase “another thing coming” was actually “another think coming.” Kinda earth-shattering. Here are nine other common phrases you might be getting wrong.
The wrong way: For all intensive purposes
The right way: For all intents and purposes
Not all purposes are intense.
The wrong way: By in large
The right way: By and large
Though when we hit up Costco, we have been known to “buy in large.”
The wrong way: One in the same
The right way: One and the same
When in doubt, use "and." (See above.)
The wrong way: Case and point
The right way: Case in point
Except in this case.
The wrong way: I could care less
The right way: I couldn’t care less
To care or not to care?
The wrong way: Flush out.
The right way: Flesh out.
Unless you're talking about toilets, you're fleshing out a scenario to make it more detailed.
The wrong way: Spitting image
The right way: Spit and image
Either way, ew.
The wrong way: Hone in
The right way: Home in
As in: "I am homing in on the proper way to use all these phrases!"
The wrong way: Another thing coming
The right way: Another think coming
The wrong way: Irregardless
The right way: Regardless
But if you learn one thing from this list...