Category: Confused Expressions

Of all the expressions I don’t understand, “thank goodness” is my favorite. Without any other consideration, however, I’d regard the term a step above mere noise or throat-clearing. Although the first word conveys a sense of gratitude (of course), the …

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“You can’t compare apples to oranges” is a fine and meaningful expression within certain contexts: for example, if someone says that the movie version of a book had better special effects than the book, it’d be fair to take that …

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I have no issue with people who prefer the expression “feed two birds with one worm” to “kill two birds with one stone”; I use either one, with a slight preference towards the latter. My issue is with people who …

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“Irregardless” is likely the illegitimate love-child of two legitimate words: “irrespective” and “regardless.” It’s a favorite of TV writers who want to show a character isn’t as smart as they think they are (unless I’m remembering wrong, Paulie from The …

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As a writer, I’m interested in the ways language is used (and abused), and especially with expressions that make no sense. From time to time on this blog, I’ll post my thoughts on these phrases, tagging them under “Confused Expressions.” …

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