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Hollycoddle

"Lucked out". I've seen it used to mean they've been fortunate, as well as unfortunate. To the point I get myself confused as to which is the correct usage.

 

Same with 'on the wagon' and 'off the wagon'. Seinfeld fans, remember that one?

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Baroness Bubbles

I have a couple on Facebook that annoy me...

 

Doing XX why I wait

 

I had a grate time this savo

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EmmDasher

My favourite: 'Admin delete if not aloud'

 

It's rampant in facebook groups.

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untamedmama

I think the one that annoys me most is when people say they've made a 360 degree change in their life; which makes no sense. You've just gone back to where you started!

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Abcde-La-A

A friend of mine use to hybrid her phrases....

An example...

The last straw, that broke the camels back

Or "the white elephant in the room"...

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jarlz

DP has a few that set my teeth on edge...

 

See monkey, do monkey...argh!

 

Siblings instead of offspring (got me royally confused until I worked out what he was trying to say)

 

Brought instead of bought

 

Too many to list them all, and it's making me tense just typing them!

 

My exDH used to say emancipated instead of emasculated which gave me a giggle

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Zeppelina

I am going to use up all my likes in this thread. I have never heard 'has at a guess', but I love it!

 

My favourite is still TA's "Suppository of wisdom".

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Thylacine

Take for granite

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jessiesgirl

I think the one that annoys me most is when people say they've made a 360 degree change in their life; which makes no sense. You've just gone back to where you started!

 

Yes hearing you on that one. It's like 180 isn't a big enough number; similar to the footy players who say they gave 110 percent out there today!

 

I have heard enough people carrying on about being "in agreeance" with something that it almost fell out of my mouth the other day!

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CallMeFeral

I hate these threads, they use up my likes too fast!

 

I used to have a teacher who was always "sicking tired" of stuff, but English wasn't her first language so I felt bad for finding it so entertaining.

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balancing.act

I use a consultant who is great but almost every report has the phrase 'visa vee' instead of 'vis-a-vis'.

 

I think it's a bit of an unnecessary phrase when you can just write 'in regards to'. But if you insist on using it then at least spell it correctly.

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flyingkiwi
For years, I thought the word was DILEMNA -to the point of correcting it!!

Well I never.

 

More a spelling than pronunciation - tow the line instead of toe the line. I go with the latter - but I can see how people might get the former from it (ie. towing a line behind a boat). Can anyone confirm which it actually is?

You are correct, toe the line, like at the start of a race.

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gravity1

Diddo, instead of Ditto.

 

His instead of He's.

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Hollycoddle

Another that's more of a spelling blunder but I recently emailed a Canberra Times journalist who used 'discrete' instead of 'discreet' - and it wasn't the first time I'd seen it recently, either. Just like phase and faze, as a PP pointed out - the words have totally different meanings!

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Guest Starlia

News.com.au is shocking when it comes to spelling and grammar errors.

I read a health article the other day in which "glutes" were repeatedly referred to as "flutes" and used heals instead of heels.

 

Such a junk site really.

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Tinkle Splashes

His instead of He's.

 

And he's instead of his.

 

A spelling issue, but I have a friend who always writes "thier" instead of "their". She's 45 years old, you'd think she'd realise that her spelling of that word is always underlined in red on computers, and is different to the way everyone else spells it?

 

It's like she's taken "i before e except after c" and just applied it to every word with those letters in it.

 

#rantover

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coffy11

not a phrase but a word. The guy next to me at work says "everythink" instead of everything. Drives me nuts.

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Freddie'sMum

A woman I worked with used to say the word "gist" - as in "the gist of the argument is ...." but she would pronounce with a J sound - so Jist.

 

It confused the heck out of me because I didn't know what the heck "jist' was !!

 

Edited for spelling.

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glassslipper

A woman I worked with used to say the word "gist" - as in "the gist of the argument is ...." but she would pronounce with a J sound - so Jist.

 

It confused the heck out of me because I didn't know what the heck "jist' was !!

 

Edited for spelling.

 

I thought it was pronounced jist??? :omg:

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Freddie'sMum

*scratches head*

 

It was a long time ago - whichever way you are meant to pronounce 'gist' - she did the opposite sound and I got very confused.

 

Oh God - I have said it the wrong way round - you pronounce it with a J and she pronounced it with a G.

 

*blushes at my own faulty memory and stupidity*

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Tinkle Splashes

Edited because I hadn't seen the updated post!

 

As you were :)

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Kiki M

When someone says that are on "tenderhooks."It's tenterhooks!!

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Luci

 

 

I thought it was pronounced jist??? :omg:

 

I also thought it was pronounced jist?

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FeralRebelWClaws
I thought it was pronounced jist??? :omg:

 

Ditto, so apparently does the Cambridge dictionary, for both US and UK pronounciations!

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zrello

After I thanked DH for taking me out for a lovely meal, he said, "it's my pleasure, you're totally worthless (priceless) to me"

Some of his other gems, asking the lady in the jewellers if they had any 'real cubic Zuchinnis' (zirconia) and telling everyone we we're getting ditched (hitched), and later telling my Dad that he'd knocked me out (up).

I always laugh when I see FB posts of people's 'little angles' and it makes me want to comment that they're very acute.

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