WORDS AND PHRASES THAT PEOPLE OFTEN GET WRONG
English is a strange language with lots of peculiarities that can easily trick people who don’t have a strong grasp of the language. Here are examples that have been collected from different sites. They can help you whenever you need to write or speak, giving you more confidence.
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For the purpose of avoiding confusion, American English is used where appropriate.
On tender hooks vs On tenterhooks.
Cold slaw vs Coleslaw.
By in Large vs By and Large:
Boo to a ghost vs Boo to a goose.
One in the same vs One and the same.
A doggie-dog world vs A dog-eat-dog world.
Lip sing vs Lip sync.
Circus-sized vs Circumcised.
Heimlich remover vs Heimlich maneuver.
Right from the gecko vs Right from the get-go.
Got off scotch free vs Got off scot-free.
Foe par vs Faux pas.
Global warning vs Global warming.
Card shark vs Card sharp.
Butt naked vs Buck naked.
It’s a mute point vs It’s a moot point.
Pass mustard vs Pass muster.
A diamond dozen vs A dime a dozen.
Just deserves vs Just desserts.
Just deserts vs Just desserts.
Social leopard vs Social leper.