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Common sayings that are commonly misstated

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by GtenderG, Jul 26, 2012.

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  1. GtenderG


    Feb 29, 2008
    I used to spend alot of time on a BB for goalies and I used see alot common sayings that people just got wrong. I don't see that as often here because bass players are sooo much smater than the average goaltender :).

    Here is my favorite....

    On fellow was discussing how he (a sophmore) took a starting position away from a senior on some college team (I forget where). He stated - Like my Dad used to say 'It's a doggie dog world out there'. My reply to him was that a 'doggie dog world' sounded pretty nice as most everyone loves dogs....

    Anybody see similar misconstrued sayings?
  2. 03f230979ba6dc8b034b444e75e7c350.

    "When in Rome"

    -Ron Burgundy
  3. acubass


    Oct 10, 2007
    Albuquerque, NM
    At wits end, instead of at Wicks end.
  4. EricF

    EricF Habitual User

    Sep 26, 2005
    Pasadena, CA
    As a former goaltender, I'm not sure how I feel about this. As a bass player, I completely agree.

    My wife says "for all intents of purpose" instead of "for all intents and purposes". She gets pissed off when I correct her on these kinds of things, so I keep my mouth shut.
  5. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    and i've heard it said, "for all intensive purposes" as well. sheesh...:rollno:
  6. The oft mis-used "could care less" when it should be "couldn't care less."
  7. chicomalo


    Jul 17, 2012
    Escondido, CA
    I was just going to post that.
  8. cableguy


    Jun 4, 2009
    North Bend, WA

    And we all know what San Diego was named after......:D
  9. Irregardless. Not *really* a word, but continued usage has elevated to "nonstandard" status. It is a double negative. People use it when they really mean 'regardless' or 'irrespective'.

  10. DaMoose

    DaMoose Supporting Member

    May 16, 2012
    Seattle Area
    My wife has a few. Her most famous is when she is ambivalent between two choices so it is "one half dozen or the other". I don't even try to correct her. In fact, the saying has taken on a life of its own with people we know.

    STRINGSLINGER Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Omaha/Blair NE
    Irregardless of all intensive purposes, it is a doggie dog world out there and I am now at wits end and could care less...... When in Rome......
  12. P-oddz

    P-oddz Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    "If worse comes to worse"
    (If it was no worse than before, seems like you'd be in okay shape then)

    "Acrossed" (as in "it had marks all acrossed the body")
    This one speaks for itself on how stupid it sounds.

    And just a personal peeve in life, when people pronounce etc. as "excetera". God, that one irks me for some reason.
  13. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    "Setting a new president"
  14. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Saying still works. Watch this: "I could care less, you're lucky you're getting even this small bit of my attention."

    Also, I always thought it was wit's end.
  15. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    'At wits end' is actually correct. It means to be at the end of ones wit. Though, I see how 'at wicks end' could make some sense, it wouldnt apply to such a situation where one is at the end of their wit, rather it would mean something more akin to one running out of time, as if the wick has burnt to its end.

  16. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME!

    Sep 10, 2008
    Pomona, SoCal
    It only works if you actually could care less. The phrase is expressed to mean that "there isnt a thing I could possibly care less about" = I couldnt care less.
    I could care less would leave one to assume that there are things one cares even less about.

    It is.

    STRINGSLINGER Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2012
    Omaha/Blair NE
    I think Mr. Carlin's interpretation is best with "Near Miss"
  18. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    Careful, we like whales in San Diego.
  19. droo46


    Jun 16, 2011
  20. BassChuck

    BassChuck Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005

    Chances are that they aren't.

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