Elite Daily, an online news platform for and by millennials, have put together a list 20 common phrases you’ve been saying wrong your entire life.
Most of the mistakes are made because someone heard the phrase, assumed what it meant, and started to use it without checking out the spelling.
So, in order to set the record straight once and for all, we put together a series of common phrases you’ve probably been saying wrong without the slightest clue.
Some of the phrases on the list are popular, just as popular as their wrong use, naming only “I could care less.” Others are quite rare. Do you know what “on tenterhooks” means?
The correct way to say 20 English phrases
to take something for granted to expect something always to happen or exist in a particular way, and not to think about any possible problems or difficulties
give someone free rein to allow someone or something complete freedom
wreak havoc to cause a lot of trouble with something; to ruin or damage something
tongue-in-cheek intended to be humorous and not meant seriously
statute of limitations a law that sets a period during which legal action can be taken
scot-free without incurring any penalty or punishment
scapegoat someone who is blamed for something that is not their fault, especially because someone else wants to avoid being blamed
regardless without being affected or influenced by someone or something
one and the same used for emphasizing that two or more names or descriptions refer to the same person or thing
on tenterhooks nervous because you do not know what is going to happen
nip something in the bud to stop a bad situation from becoming worse by taking action at an early stage of its development
moot point a point or question to be debated; a doubtful question
it’s a dog-eat-dog world when people compete very hard and will do anything to be successful
hunger pangs pains in the abdominal region which occur in the early stages of hunger
to give leeway to give freedom of action or thought
for all intents and purposes in every practical sense
to fall by the wayside to not be successful or effective any longer
to exact revenge to inflict a revenge
at someone’s beck and call available to do things for another person whenever they want
I couldn’t care less when I do not care about something at all
More lists to explore:
- Top 10 ebook and audiobook library checkouts of all time
- 27 most functional Apple iPad 9.7 (2018) cases and accessories you can get right now
- 7 interesting third-party alternatives to Apple Pencil
- Must-have reference and learning apps for your iPad and iPhone
- 10 top-rated iPad accessories you can get in 2018
Want even more? Check out all articles in this topic: Lists.
Start the discussion
Tips and tricks
Kindle Oasis 2 – things you should know before buying it
Pros and cons of the second-generation Kindle Oasis explained from a user’s point of view.
Amazon Fire HD 8 (2017) – first impressions of a regular user
Compare what you expect from the Fire tablet you plan to buy with the first thoughts of someone who has just received…
12 best keyboards and keyboard cases for the iPad
A list of versatile keyboards for current iPad models. Foldable keyboards, cases with built-in keyboards, universal keyboard stands, and more.
15 best bookish gifts of 2017 – a holiday gift guide for book lovers
A holiday gift guide for anyone who wants to find a gift for the book lover. Books, special book editions, subscriptions, personal accessories, jewelry, home decor, and more.
50 short books for busy people
Best short books you can read in less than three hours. Novels and novellas you can’t miss, short stories, and most interesting non-fiction books.
50 most inspirational quotes from books
An extended list of the most inspirational book quotes of all time: J.K. Rowling, Sylvia Plath, Oscar Wilde, Neil Gaiman, John Green, among others.