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30 Common Phrases Everyone Keeps Getting Wrong in Writing


I wrote a blog just over a year ago to shine an important light on a few common phrases everyone keeps getting wrong in writing and everyday conversation.


Things like "I could care less" and "She's biting her time."


We all think those are correct. But they're not. They've been butchered so often over the years – including by yours truly – that it comes as a complete shock when we find out we've been saying them wrong the entire time.


Needless to say, my post was pretty popular – so much that readers have wanted more.


So, back by popular demand, here is an extended list of 30 common phrases everyone keeps getting wrong in writing and what they should be.

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What you wrote: Cut and dry

What you should have written: Cut and dried


What you wrote: Statue of limitations

What you should have written: Statute of limitations


What you wrote: Wet your appetite

What you should have written: Whet your appetite


What you wrote: Get down to brass tax

What you should have written: Get down to brass tacks


What you wrote: Hunger pains

What you should have written: Hunger pangs


What you wrote: Peak my interest

What you should have written: Pique my interest


What you wrote: On accident

What you should have written: By accident


What you wrote: Could care less

What you should have written: Couldn't care less


What you wrote: Chomping at the bit

What you should have written: Champing at the bit


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: Tough road to hoe

What you should have written: Tough row to hoe


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: Tow the line

What you should have written: Toe the line


What you wrote: Chock it up to

What you should have written: Chalk it up to


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: Do a 360

What you should have written: Do a 180


What you wrote: Shoe-in

What you should have written: Shoo-in


What you wrote: All for not

What you should have written: All for naught


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


What you wrote: At naseum

What you should have written: Ad naseum


What you wrote: Tongue and cheek

What you should have written: Tongue in cheek

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