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Fool me once. Misuse of idioms?


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I have learned that there are many misused idioms. Here are some of them:

Incorrect: "All intensive purposes"

Correct: "All intents and purposes"

Incorrect: "Tender loving care"

Correct: "Tender love and care"

Incorrect: "Wrecking havoc"

Correct: "Wreaking havoc"

Incorrect: "Free reign"

Correct: "Free rein"

Incorrect: "Chester drawers"

Correct: "Chest of drawers"

Incorrect: "I could care less"

Correct: "I couldn't care less"

Incorrect: "Use to"

Correct: "Used to"

Incorrect: "Suppose to"

Correct: "Supposed to"

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I had a friend who used to tell people that she couldn't have dairy products because she was "lactose AND tolerant." I think she finally figured out around age twelve that she was not, in fact, an open-minded milk sugar.

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I have learned that there are many misused idioms. Here are some of them:

Incorrect: "All intensive purposes"

Correct: "All intents and purposes"

Incorrect: "Tender loving care"

Correct: "Tender love and care"

Incorrect: "Wrecking havoc"

Correct: "Wreaking havoc"

Incorrect: "Free reign"

Correct: "Free rein"

Incorrect: "Chester drawers"

Correct: "Chest of drawers"

Incorrect: "I could care less"

Correct: "I couldn't care less"

Incorrect: "Use to"

Correct: "Used to"

Incorrect: "Suppose to"

Correct: "Supposed to"

I always use these right except for one, "free rein". I get why it is "rein" and not "reign", but I always assumed it was "reign" because of kings and queens reigning.

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