Commonly Confused Expressions

Commonly Confused Expressions

You know that phrase that you mispronounced as a kid and have never quite figured how to actually say it. Well, now’s your chance.

180 Degree Turn (Not 360 Degree Turn)

There are 360 degrees in a circle, so if you make a complete turn or change, you turn 180 degrees.

Emily was going to buy a new house with her lottery money, but she made a 180 degree turn and donated all the money to charity.

Couldn’t Care Less (Not Could Care Less)

Saying “I couldn’t care less” means “I don’t care at all”. If you say “I could care less”, it sounds like you do care, which I bet isn’t what you mean.

I couldn’t care less about National Thread the Needle day.

For All Intents and Purposes (Not For All Intensive Purposes)

This phrase means “practically speaking”. It has intents and purposes, but not intensive purposes.

Max visits sometimes, but for all intents and purposes I live alone.

Literally (Used in the Wrong Situations)

Literally means it really truly happened.

If you’re reading this, you’ve never literally died.

Nip It in the Bud (Not Nip It in the Butt)

This phrase means “stop it early”. The “bud” is like a flower bud, something that’s young and hasn’t developed yet. That’s not the same as “butt”.

Patricia nips all unprofitable transactions in the bud.

Supposed To (Not Suppose To)

Yep, you’ve got to have that -d on the end of supposed.

Adrian is supposed to do his homework, but he prefers watching music videos.

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