Y’all, I used to say “butt naked” instead of “buck naked.” When I was rudely corrected in an 8th-grade science class in front of all the cool kids, I felt like the very sad frogs we were about to dissect: exposed, vulnerable, and three inches tall.
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To save you the pain of someone calling you out on an everyday phrase you somehow didn’t learn correctly, I’m here with 15 phrases you’ve been saying wrong your whole life. Read and memorize. (You’re welcome).
DON’T say tongue-and-cheek
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DO say tongue-in-cheek
Ex: He thought she was serious, but her comment about not being a feminist was clearly tongue-in-cheek.
DON’T say one in the same
DO say one and the same
Ex: My bestie and I are so similar, we’re one and the same.
DON’T say I could care less
DO say I couldn’t care less
Ex: I couldn’t care less that you’re not sharing your fries with me. (PS: This is absolutely a lie).
DON’T say scotch-free
DO say scot-free
Ex: I stole 17 puppies, but the cop found it so adorable I got off scot-free.
DON’T say conversate
DO say converse
Ex: I was conversing with my friend about our current president until I started bawling hopeless, ugly tears.
DON’T say nip it in the butt
DO say nip it in the bud
Ex: I knew we were about to have a fight about where to eat dinner, so I nipped it in the bud and said we were going to In-N-Out.
DON’T say mute point
DO say moot point
Ex: It’s a moot point who forgot the umbrella since there’s not a cloud in the sky.
DON’T say statue of limitations
DO say statute of limitations
Ex: He thought he would go to jail for stealing the 17 puppies, but the statute of limitations was up.
DON’T say irregardless
DO say regardless
Ex: I love you regardless of your puppy-stealing ways.
DON’T say hunger pains
DO say hunger pangs
Ex: I just ate an hour ago, but I’m already having hunger pangs.
DON’T write give someone free reign
DO write give someone free rein
Ex: I trusted my BFF to pick out my outfit, so I gave her free rein.
DON’T say on tender hooks
DO say on tenterhooks
Ex: The thriller she was reading kept her on tenterhooks.
DON’T say give leadway
DO say give leeway
Ex: The teacher wasn’t strict, so she gave her students plenty of leeway when it came to attendance.
DON’T say beckon call
DO say beck and call
Ex: He gets me anything I need, at my beck and call. (PS: I wish.)
DON’T say wreck havoc
DO say wreak havoc
Ex: The 17 puppies I stole wreaked havoc on my apartment.