17 Common Phrases You've Been Saying All Wrong

Jul 11, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. ET
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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.

1 /18: It's a Dog-Eat-Dog World

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'It's a 'doggy-dog' world'
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1/18 :It's a Dog-Eat-Dog World

2 /18: For All Intents & Purposes

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'For all intensive purposes'
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2/18 :For All Intents & Purposes

3 /18: I’m Supposed To

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'I'm suppose to'
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3/18 :I’m Supposed To

4 /18: The Baby Screamed for Half the Night

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'The baby literally screamed for half the night'
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4/18 :The Baby Screamed for Half the Night

5 /18: He Spilled His Milk by Accident

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'He spilled his milk on accident'
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5/18 :He Spilled His Milk by Accident

6 /18: It’s a Moot Point

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'It's a mute point'
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6/18 :It’s a Moot Point

7 /18: I Nipped That Problem in the Bud!

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'I nipped that problem in the butt!'
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7/18 :I Nipped That Problem in the Bud!

8 /18: Case in Point

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Case and point'
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8/18 :Case in Point

9 /18: Toward

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Towards'
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9/18 :Toward

10 /18: Should Have

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Should of'
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10/18 :Should Have

11 /18: Regardless

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Irregardless'
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11/18 :Regardless

12 /18: Beck & Call

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Beckon call'
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12/18 :Beck & Call

13 /18: Hunger Pangs

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Hunger pains'
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13/18 :Hunger Pangs

14 /18: You Have Another Think Coming!

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Have another thing coming!'
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14/18 :You Have Another Think Coming!

15 /18: Wreak Havoc

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Wreck havoc'
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15/18 :Wreak Havoc

16 /18: Scapegoat

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'Escape goat'
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16/18 :Scapegoat

17 /18: I Couldn't Care Less

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: 'I could not care less'
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17/18 :I Couldn't Care Less

18 /18: Pin It!

Commonly Mispronounced Phrases: Pinterest image
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18/18 :Pin It!