Have you ever walked around with something in your teeth all day, smiling brightly at everyone you pass? It’s beyond humiliating — and, sadly, there’s a verbal equivalent.
There’s a huge chance you’ve been confidently throwing around some often-used phrases, but saying them totally wrong. Sure, it’s “literally” the worst when you get caught, especially “on” accident, but, hey, we’ve all done it. In fact, there are about 17 common sayings that exist in the English language that people are constantly mispronouncing — and unless you’re part of the grammar police, you’re likely one of them. But “for all intensive purposes,” don’t be too embarrassed, because obviously you’re not alone. It’s truly a “doggy-dog” world out there, right?
Here’s how you’re “suppose to” say the following phrases. Embrace these these helpful grammar do’s and don’ts, and you’ll be a pro at nailing these commonly mispronounced phrases in no time.
A version of this article was originally published in February 2016.