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Pandemic Homophone Problems

All the errors in this list are basically puns, but the people using them don’t know that. Most likely, people who make these errors have only heard the originals (not read them) and approximated what they heard with words they knew. Or they heard it from someone else who’d already done that. This idea is one reason why the idea of learning language only by hearing and speaking it seems very dangerous to me.

I’m pretty sure that the only way I learned these phrases correctly is from reading all the time. What scares me is that so many people are using them incorrectly in writing now (especially online) that reading may not be enough to learn the correct way. I actually had a college professor tell me to use “irregardless” instead of “regardless” on a paper (that hurt).

17 Common Phrases You’ve Been Saying Wrong Your Whole Life

Posted on August 25 2015 at 13:09 pm: Oscar TrondheimAdministrator

1. One And The Same

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2. Give someone free rein

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3. On tenterhooks

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4. Exact revenge

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5. Hunger pangs

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6. Scapegoat

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7. Regardless

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8. Moot point

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9. Don’t take it for granted

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10. Nip it in the bud

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11. It’s a dog-eat-dog world

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12. I couldn’t care less

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13. Wreak havoc

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14. Tongue-in-cheek

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15. Beck and call

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16. For all intensive purposes

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17. Giving leeway

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