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10 Misconceptions About Common Sayings

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10 Misconceptions About Common Sayings
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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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Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 214 Posts
Saturday, March 28, 2009 4:05:02 AM
Grammar Nazi, attack!

Male, 60-69, Midwest US
 14830 Posts
Friday, March 27, 2009 10:46:30 PM

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.

Female, 13-17, Eastern US
 112 Posts
Friday, March 27, 2009 7:05:06 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. =/

Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 958 Posts
Friday, March 27, 2009 1:07:33 PM
I HATE it when people say 'I could care less`.
It`s `couldn`t`.
`I Couldn`t care less`!


I totally agree.

Female, 18-29, Canada
 244 Posts
Friday, March 27, 2009 1:03:02 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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