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  1. Profile photo of natakalt
    natakalt Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 7:20 am
    Link: 10 Misconceptions About Common Sayings - How many times have you repeated an old saying with no idea of what it means (or if you`re even using it correctly)?
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    yo-i-am-luke Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:17 am
    I think language is what majority people think it means, because that is how people understand it when they say it. Alot of words have changed meaning over time and to get mad over it is being a bit of a stiff.
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    neveryours Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:23 am
    i agree with luke...
    and i didnt really use those sayings so i guess im getting off scot-free!
    wait...
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    fleafly Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:23 am
    interesting.. I always thought the whole "rule of thumb" thing was true.
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    mega_luis15 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:30 am
    boooooriiiiing....
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    Baalthazaq Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:37 am
    I could care less.

    (I know, lets see who else does).

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    snottydyck Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:11 am
    eenie meenie miney moe, catch obama by the toe.
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    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:13 am
    Another thing coming makes considerably more sense than another think coming.
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    bulbasaur Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:19 am
    It really bothers me that an increasing amount of people don`t care about grammar, so I was quite pleased with this list. It`s very interesting. :)
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:23 am
    i had never heard of most of the misinterpreted sayings. I knew most of the original sayings. I have never heard anyone in my life say "to wreck havoc", it has alwqays been "to Wreak havoc"
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    bataleon27 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:24 am
    "It really bothers me that an increasing amount of people don`t care about grammar, so I was quite pleased with this list. It`s very interesting. :)"

    You do realise this list has nothing to do with grammer (punctuation), its to do with spelling and misinterpretation

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    RobSwindol Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:30 am
    Whoever wrote this list is a moron. I have never heard anyone use the phrase "wreck havoc", and I do know that the term "rain check" is used for other sports like golf that have been around much longer than baseball. And did anyone ever assume that the phrase "scot free" had anything to do with sottish people being tight with money.

    I think this guy was grasping at straws in an attempt to make himself look smarter than others.

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    Bo_SHhaYeB Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:47 am
    The list doesn`t make sense, I guess that`s another miss conception about making lists. Some people just want lists
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    PD711 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:48 am
    Bataleon:

    gramâ‹…mar
       /ˈgræmər/
    –noun
    1. the study of the way the sentences of a language are constructed; morphology and syntax.
    6. knowledge or usage of the preferred or prescribed forms in speaking or writing: She said his grammar was terrible.

    I think this list could be considered to deal with grammar. Seems to fit the definition well enough.

    And grammar does not have an "e" in it.

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    Chiburashka Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:51 am
    To make it worse, my English professor says "wreck havoc" and graded me down because he claimed "`wreak` is not a real word."

    Oh, and "I could care less" is completely meaningless. "I COULDN`T care less" means you care as little as possible. "I could care less" implies you care some arbitrary amount, but not the minimum.

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    Xenophonix Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:52 am
    Baalthazaq - I`ve been wanting to ask Americans why they`ve started saying "I COULD care less" for a while now. Honestly, it`s starting to irritate me...
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    panth753 Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:52 am
    snotty, what does obama have to do with this list.
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    Boredx12 Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:54 am
    3 + 2 Id never known anyone to misconcept - Id always thought it was free REIN and WREAK havoc.
    I bet the people that mangled these are the same that wright "of" when they mean "have"
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    Papapimpin Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:06 am
    Since the author seems to be trying to explain the final entry in the most confusing terms possible, he is describing "circular reasoning"
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    marencolleen Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:24 am
    why did the wife beater have the apple logo on his shirt
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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:27 am
    That was soo stupid.
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    Raccoon Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:28 am
    I`ve always used the terms "to wreak havoc" and "free rein." The "I couldn`t care less" has aggravated me a number of times, not to mention people who claim they`re "having a condition" instead of a conniption. Regardless, I will continue to advocate proper usage of the english language, syntax, spelling and grammar.
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    _Perfection_ Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:30 am
    "I think language is what majority people think it means, because that is how people understand it when they say it. Alot of words have changed meaning over time and to get mad over it is being a bit of a stiff."

    Absolutely right. A word is just a vocal utterance that takes meaning in culture over time. It`s whatever it means in that culture. So technically, this guy is wrong. Whatever it means to us IS the actual meaning of the common sayings.

    "Oh, and "I could care less" is completely meaningless. "I COULDN`T care less" means you care as little as possible. "I could care less" implies you care some arbitrary amount, but not the minimum."

    I thought I was the only one that noticed! I hate that so incredibly much.

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    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:37 am
    People who think this list is bad has another thing coming. I`m gonna wreck some serious havoc here.
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:47 am
    Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! There are WAY too many retards who lack basic english skills, we need more lists like this. Sorry, but I`m not just a Grammar Nazi, I`m the Grammar f*cking Führer.

    Other examples of mass butchery of the language at the hands of the mentally deficient (continued next post):

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:50 am
    "I poured over the book for hours, unfortunately it was a porn mag and not a book on English"
    "Despite my parents` warnings, I dropped out of school at 15, irregardless of the consequences"
    "So I sound like an illiterate retard when I talk, I could care less" (thanks Baal!)
    "I spent my school years in the throws of ecstacy, as I masturbated furiously rather than go to english classes"
    "Unfortunately my mother was a raging crack fiend and didn`t teach me the value of education. Now she`s locked up in the asylum in a straight-jacket"
    "Why on earth would I want to read a BOOK when I can watch Maury all day? What a hair-brained scheme!"
    "My lack of basic language skills in the the only language I know means I quickly loose the respect of people I meet, unless I don`t speak."
    "I could of went to school I suppose, but what would of been the point in that?"
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    Armitage Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:51 am
    I never knew people said `wreck havoc`, I`ve only ever heard the correct version
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    Oystah Female 40-49
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    March 26, 2009 at 12:46 pm
    Davymid - Diaeresis!?! Awesome!
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    bocaj90 Female 70 & Over
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    March 26, 2009 at 1:23 pm
    i fail to see why any of this matters.
    (Please don`t shot me)
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    bocaj90 Female 70 & Over
    31 posts
    March 26, 2009 at 1:25 pm
    never mind... i spelled shoot as shot

    this post is completely relevant

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    yoimmylene Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm
    "another thing coming" is actually "another think coming?" weird.
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    jennifer6716 Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm
    I always pronounced it "wreak havoc ". Good to know I was right on at least one of them :)
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    Corpsecrank Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm
    Same here wreak not wreck but I have heard others use it wrong.

    I always laugh when my girl says socker punch because it`s actually sucker punch. I was like socker wtf? lol

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    Standards Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm
    "My lack of basic language skills in the the only language I know means I quickly loose the respect of people I meet, unless I don`t speak."

    Loose = lose?

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    GeN_Ex Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2009 at 3:18 pm
    The `wreck havoc` one confused me. I`ve never heard someone say it like that, everyone I`ve ever talked to says wreak ><
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm
    Luke...do you not know that "a lot" is 2 words?
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm
    vv Standards, I know, that was a wee joke there...
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    dragonshadoz Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm
    People say "wreck havoc"?

    You know what a lot of people get wrong that irks me?
    Instead of saying "I couldn`t care less," so many people say "I could care less."
    So you do care?

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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm
    Wait a second...

    Why does he have an Apple logo on his shirt? o_O

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    FlameOfUdun Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm
    who says "wreck havoc"?
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    Red5TheFinn Male 13-17
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    March 26, 2009 at 4:40 pm
    opiebreath.
    Because it`s politically correct.
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    ghoulie11 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 4:45 pm
    The person who made this list deserves to be killed for assuming that just because they use the wrong versions of common sayings everybody does.
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    Crawdaddy197 Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm
    The difference between wreak and wreck I think depends on where you`re from. In the USA it can vary from state to state if not from county to county.
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    Cataclism0 Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm
    no one says wreck havoc, people would stare like your an idiot
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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 5:14 pm
    vv Delicious irony in that last comment...
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    Seak Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 5:45 pm
    I beg the question?
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    Calderis Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm
    On tender hooks? Really? I haven`t ever heard that one used incorrectly. Most of these I have though. The "wreck havoc" one is hilarious. It screams "mock me!"
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2009 at 6:06 pm
    A list of 10 etymologies on the net...and I`m not sure that any one of them is wrong! That`s a first - such lists are usually full of errors.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm
    "interesting.. I always thought the whole "rule of thumb" thing was true. "

    The wife-beating thing was made up in the 1970s to promote the idea that men want to brutally oppress women and the only thing stopping them is the Bold Heroic Feminists. Of course, that idea requires lots more brutal oppression in the past, to "prove" that feminism is the answer. So feminists made some up, knowing that hardly anyone would know better or check. Sounds silly, but it worked, didn`t it? Not just for that particular piece of propaganda, either.

    In reality, the phrase refers to a reasonably accurate approximation derived from experience in a quite literal way. An experienced artisan can use their thumb as a very convenient and adequately accurate measuring device. They are using their thumb as a rule...a rule of thumb rather than a rule of wood or metal.

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    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 6:31 pm
    The author of this list comes across as a real prick. Thank you for the useless list void of any information.
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    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 6:37 pm
    Opie, it`s a well known fact that Apple users are wife beaters...and puppy killers.

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    hi2pi Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 7:23 pm
    this was a good list because there are too many people out there who are unable to use the English Language with competence. read.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 26, 2009 at 8:04 pm
    Just a couple of things that bug me.

    First, sidewalks and swimming pools are NOT not made out of cement; they are made out of concrete. Concrete is made with cement, sand, coarse aggregate, and water.

    Second, "long-lived" and "short-lived" rhyme with arrived.

    Oh, and Bo_SHhaYeB, what`s "miss conception," the winner of a beauty pageant for pregnant girls?

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    davymid Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 8:10 pm
    "long-lived" and "short-lived" rhyme with arrived.

    No. Just no.

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    kat_iiejayne Female 13-17
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    March 26, 2009 at 8:17 pm
    whoops.
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    kinjomusashi Male 30-39
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    March 26, 2009 at 8:36 pm
    ahh, i feel more enlightened now...thank you iab.
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:08 pm
    > hi2pi
    > this was a good list because there are too many people out there who are unable to use the English Language with competence. read.

    I invite you to add your own name to list of the "too many" to whom you referred. Firstly, it was not these people who made the list good; that was the author who wrote it. Secondly, what is this object "English language with competence" to which you refer? Thirdly, where else would all the people be, except "out there"? Did you think we thought all the people were in your house? Fourthly, "Read." is not a sentence.

    Your statement should have read: "I consider this a good list, because it corrects the misconceptions of many people who are unable to competently use the English language. I would suggest they read more often."

    There is no misconception about the saying, "People who live in glass houses shouldn`t throw stones."

  58. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:28 pm
    @Lionhart2 "Read" is a complete sentence. The imperative form has an implied subject, "you." Hi2pi does get a point off for capitalization, though. (Incidentally, the shortest sentence in English is not "I am." It`s "Go.")

    When you end a sentence with a quote, the final punctuation goes inside the closing quotation mark. Also, the comma after "be" is superfluous.

    | Thirdly, where else would all the people be except "out there?"

    Finally, in the statement as you say it should have read, you split the infinitive: "...to competently use..."

    Now, somebody find a typo in this and rip on me! LOL!

  59. Profile photo of Lionhart2
    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    March 26, 2009 at 9:40 pm
    @OldOllie

    LOL, and
    > Incidentally, the shortest sentence in English is not "I am." It`s "Go."

    Incorrect. The shortest sentence is "I?" as in "You made a mistake!" "I?"

    :-P :-) :-P

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    ashley6405 Female 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:33 pm
    Anyone who has taken a philosophy class knows the true meaning of "begs the question."
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    yudontn0me Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 10:50 pm
    this does not interest me. rewrite it as a cracked article.
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    keatonatron Male 18-29
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    March 26, 2009 at 11:15 pm
    I have *never* heard "wreck havoc". It must be a recent mistake by stupid people, because I`ve heard "wreak havoc" used often ever since I was little.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    March 27, 2009 at 3:08 am
    I`ve always said "You`ve got another think coming". Actually none of those surprised me. Well I do study philosophy, and have always been interested in philology.
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    drixishot Male 18-29
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    March 27, 2009 at 3:15 am
    I love split infinitives!

    love live language change!!!

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    SarahJ86 Female 18-29
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    March 27, 2009 at 4:09 am
    "Common Saying: To get off scot free

    Many people think that this saying refers to Scottish people being tight with money"

    like hell they do!!

    A lot were too blindingly obvious to be on there.. but the thing coming one was interesting!

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    jimbobsthebe Male 18-29
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    March 27, 2009 at 5:32 am
    "I have *never* heard "wreck havoc". It must be a recent mistake by stupid people, because I`ve heard "wreak havoc" used often ever since I was little."

    Yeah I`m the same. I`ve never even heard someone say wreck havoc before.

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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    March 27, 2009 at 6:22 am
    Should probably have been titled "10 Blindingly Obvious Sayings Only a Complete Moron Would Ever Get Wrong"
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    Bananananana Female 13-17
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    March 27, 2009 at 12:32 pm
    I HATE it when people say `I could care less`.
    It`s `couldn`t`.
    `I Couldn`t care less`!

    COULDN`T! D:

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    Anyalazagna Female 18-29
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    March 27, 2009 at 1:03 pm
    I have never in my life heard "wreck havoc" it`s always been "wreak havoc" so... I dunno why that one is on the list.
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    Slade8 Male 18-29
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    March 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm
    I HATE it when people say `I could care less`.
    It`s `couldn`t`.
    `I Couldn`t care less`!

    COULDN`T! D:

    I totally agree.

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    d27and Female 13-17
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    March 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    "The difference between wreak and wreck I think depends on where you`re from. In the USA it can vary from state to state if not from county to county."

    I hope you mean the difference in which word is commonly used in the phrase... because the words themselves mean two entirely different things. Either way, "wrecking havoc" is just like saying "I could care less." People who say those two phrases almost always mean the exact opposite of what they`re actually saying. It makes me cringe a little bit. =/

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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    March 27, 2009 at 10:46 pm
    @Lionhart2

    I would contend that "I?" is not a complete sentence since it does not contain a verb, and any implied verb would depend on the antecedent sentence. Depending on context, it could mean "I am?" or "I did?" or "I was?" or "I can?" or any of a number of other possibilities. Conversely, the subject of an imperative is always "you."

    I guess we`ll just have to agree to disagree on that one. :->

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    Rizel Male 18-29
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    March 28, 2009 at 4:05 am
    Grammar Nazi, attack!

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