Most Commonly Misused Phrases Over the Internet

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  • June 06, 2017
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Most Commonly Misused Phrases Over the Internet

For the university scholars who are busy gathering data for their academic documents, the Internet is no less than a boon. But the information available on the Internet is uploaded by the humans and is vulnerable to errors. The experts providing essay writing help to the students have conveyed that some of the idioms are misused even by the most reputed websites, but students never double-check the info they get, and the result of this is reflected in their academic documents. 

If you want to save yourself from the embarrassment of using the wrong idiom at the wrong place, read the blog till the end, and get enlightened of them:

First-come, first-serve

The actual phrase is ‘first-come, first-served’, but the one we use means the first person who arrives first will serve the others arriving later. The correct phrase is used to clarify that people will be served in the order in which they had come.

Extract revenge

To ‘extract something’ means ‘to remove’ it, like extracting gold from mines. The phrase that should be used is ‘exact revenge’, which means to ‘achieve revenge’. To extract revenge means nothing!

Emigrated to

This is one of the widely confused expressions, the verb "emigrate" is used with the preposition "from," and immigrate is used with the preposition "to." To emigrate is to come from somewhere, and to immigrate is to go somewhere.

Piece of mind

It should be "peace" of mind, meaning calmness and tranquillity. The "piece of mind" would mean small sections of the brain and this will not be used by anyone in his/her senses. But similar errors are noticed even in reputed websites.

One in the same

This expression would mean that the "one" is the same thing as itself, which is senseless. The accurate phrase is "one and the same," which means the same thing or the same person.

For all intensive purposes

The original phrase, “for all intents and purposes”, originated from the English law, but this expression is wrongly used till date even by the most reputed newspapers and magazines

Wet your appetite

This idiom is used incorrectly more than any other; the correct idiom is "whet your appetite. The term ‘whet’ means to ‘stimulate or sharpen’. Therefore, to "whet your appetite" will mean to awaken your desire for something.

I could care less

Most stupid of all, this phrase should be “I couldn't care less”. Meaning of this is “It was impossible for me to care less than this”, but replacing the correct one with incorrect, we alter the meaning to "I still have care left to give-would you like some?"

These are a few of the most commonly used idioms that have been used incorrectly at most of the places. Hope you are well aware of these now and will not commit the similar mistakes.

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