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Common Phrases That You're Saying Wrong

Improve your vocabulary with this list of phrases!



Every time you speak is an opportunity to make an impression. If the following phrases are part of your vocabulary, that impression likely is for the worst. The way you communicate with other people influences how others perceive you. The words you choose convey your intelligence, your persuasion skills, and more.


I don’t mean to be ‘that girl,’ but someone’s got to do it. Immediately remove the following inaccurate phrases from your vocab. These phrases make you come across as outright dumb to others who catch the err in your words.

Could You Be More Pacific?


To be more pacific, I must either head to the ocean or, as Webster Dictionary defines it: “peaceful in character or intent." Sure, I can do that if you want, but I'd rather be more specific and finish my thought.


I Should/Could/Would Of


Using “of” is incorrect in each pairing above. Pair a verb with another verb so people do not ask themselves should/could/would of…what? The correct usage is “have.” I should have made that clear first, I suppose.


You’ve Got Another Thing Coming


I was today years old when I learned that it’s “You’ve got another think coming,” not another “thing.” The original phrase was “If that’s what you think, you’ve got another think coming.” The first clause was dropped from the phrase. Several years later, Americans coined the term “you’ve got another thing coming.”


Time to Wreck Havoc


If you wreck something, you destroy it. If you wreak havoc, you spread chaos and destruction everywhere. Which one sounds more fun to you?


Irregardless, I Will Argue Over This Word


Grammarly is going crazy over the word, but tells me that it’s a “non-standard word.” So, the next time someone says irregardless is not a word, inform them differently. Before you jump on the high and mighty train, however, don’t put the word in future writings and conversations. It’s the whole double-negative vibe that turns off the dialogue when it's uttered.


She Supposably Went to Hawaii


Supposably is commonly used for the word supposedly, but it’s not even a real word. Don’t use it.


Nip That in the Butt


The correct term is nip that in the bud, not the butt. The phrase originates from gardening. If you need a plant in the bud, then it will never flower. If you nip something in the butt, you may very well be a human version of the dog chasing the mailman.


For All Intensive Purposes


For all intensive purposes means “for all these very thorough purposes.” The quote “for all intensive purposes” means “for all the reasons I did this and the outcome of those reasons.”


Improper Use of “i.e.” and “e.g.”


Many people incorrectly use “i.e.” when describing something. The Latin terms have similar meanings, but i.e. translates to “that is” and e.g. stands for “exempli gratia,” or “for example.”


When writing et Cetra, the correct abbreviation is etc. Many people commonly use ect. This is incorrect.


Big Words


Sure, using big words shows intelligence. But, numerous studies show that when you use big words it does the exact opposite of what you want. You tend to look dumb even when using words correctly. Others may think you're not as smart as you want to appear when all those big words take up a sentence or paragraph. Stick to simple words. In writing, experts suggest writing on an eighth-grade level or below. Stick to that trend in real life as well. Albert Einstein once said: “If you can't explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”


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