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18 Common Sayings That We Use In Our Writing And Always Get Wrong


Have you ever found yourself using in your writing what you think are common sayings only to find out later that you totally got them wrong?


And not just in what you wrote today – but how you say them in conversation every day?


I know I have – more than I care to admit!


If you haven't yet, you will by the time you finish reading this post. Sorry, but it's true. For example, how many times have you written something like this in a blog, book, magazine article, text message, social media post, or another form of written content?


"This case is pretty cut and dry."


"I could care less if you come or not."


"I'm just biting my time."

We may think this is the correct way to write these common sayings. We also speak them the exact same way. In reality, they've been butchered pretty badly. Want to know how to write them correctly, as well as learn what else you've been writing and saying wrong this whole time? Then please keep reading.


18 common sayings that we use in our writing and always get wrong


What you wrote: Cut and dry

What you should have written: Cut and dried


What you wrote: Wet your appetite

What you should have written: Whet your appetite


What you wrote: Peak my interest

What you should have written: Pique my interest


What you wrote: Could care less

What you should have written: Couldn't care less


What you wrote: One in the same

What you should have written: One and the same


What you wrote: Nip it in the butt

What you should have written: Nip it in the bud


What you wrote: For all intensive purposes

What you should have written: For all intents and purposes


What you wrote: Biting my time

What you should have written: Biding my time


What you wrote: Passes mustard

What you should have written: Passes muster


What you wrote: By and large

What you should have written: By in large


What you wrote: Slight of hand

What you should have written: Sleight of hand


What you wrote: Deep-seeded

What you should have written: Deep-seated


What you wrote: Baited breath

What you should have written: Bated breath


What you wrote: Mute point

What you should have written: Moot point


What you wrote: Shoe-in

What you should have written: Shoo-in


What you wrote: Beckon call

What you should have written: Beck and call


What you wrote: Scott-free

What you should have written: Scot-free


What you wrote: Case and point

What you should have written: Case in point

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It's fun to tease friends on Facebook for grammar mistakes or point out errors in other written copy. But any spelling or grammar error in business writing – brochures, website copy, blog posts, press releases, newsletters, etc. – wreak havoc on your company's image.

In fact, studies consistently show that when choosing between two companies, customers prefer the one with clear and error-free written communication.


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*STEVE GAMEL is the President & Owner of Edit This, a writing and editing services company located in Denton, TX. Steve handles anything involving the written word. Give him a call today to help give your business a clear voice.


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