10 Commonly Misused Words & Phrases
We all know “spell check” isn’t the most reliable form of proofing, so we’ve compiled a list of 10 commonly-misused words and phrases you may want to look out for. Don’t worry, we’re all guilty.
As legitimate as it may sound, irregardless is simply not a word. Adding that “ir” in front of the word makes it a double negative. Regardless, we still have the term regardless.
2. I could care less
In the heat of the moment, many people tend to say, “I could care less!” However, if you could care less, then that means you do care a little bit. If you don’t care one bit, then you couldn’t care less.
3. Hone in
To hone means to sharpen or improve. You can hone a skill, but you don’t typically hone in on something. To home in means to draw closer or refine.
4. For all intensive purposes
Actually, it’s for all intents and purposes. This means “for all practical purposes” or “virtually.”
5. Suppose to
To suppose means to assume or presume. You’re not suppose to do all of your homework tonight, you’re supposed to do it.
6. Should, Would or Could of
People tend to flippantly use these terms, but it’s not that you should, would or could of been more careful, it’s that you should, would or could have.
7. Hunger pains
When you’re very hungry, it can be painful; but that term to describe the contractions of an empty stomach is hunger pangs. Weird, I know.
8. Another thing coming
In reality, the correct usage of this phrase is, “You’ve got another think coming.” It’s been shortened by the actual saying, “If that’s what you think, you’ve got another think coming!”
9. [To make] a complete 360
To say you made a complete turnaround, is to say you made a complete 180. If you made a complete 360, then you’d be in the exact same place you started, meaning you hadn’t changed at all.
10. Toward, Afterwards, Anyways
Simply put, none of these words should end with an “s.” The correct usage would be, “Anyway, let’s head toward the entrance afterward.”