Are You Using These Six Common Phrases Incorrectly?

July 15, 2020

I make a fool of myself on a daily basis, so I'm used to it.  But, what if you're making yourself look silly without even realizing it?  Well, if you use any of these common phrases, you might be saying them incorrectly! Buzzfeed and Acrolinx shared stories about the six most common phrases that people use on a daily basis that you might be using incorrectly, check them out!


1.  Do you "Flush out" an idea, or "Flesh it out"?  "Flesh out" is the correct phrase.  It means you're adding substance or "Flesh" to something.  "Flush out" is when you make something leave its hiding placel like flushing squirrels out of a tree.


2.  "Chomping at the bit" or "Champing at the bit"?  Both are okay, but the original phrase was "Champing."  It's when a horse grinds its teeth on the piece of metal in its mouth.  But these days, we mostly use it to mean you can't wait for something to begin.


3.  "Set foot in" or "Step foot in"?  "Set foot" is the right way to say it.  Saying you wouldn't "Step foot" in somewhere is technically wrong.  For example, "I wouldn't step foot in my child's messy room." The correct way is "I wouldn't set foot in my child's messy room." Sure, stepping is something you do with your feet, but you don't "Step foot" anywhere.


4.  "Hunger pains" or "Hunger pangs"?  Most people say "Pains," so you'll get away with it.  But it's really "Pangs," meaning a "Piercing spasm of pain."


5.  "Case and point" or "Case in point"?  Your case is "In" the point you're making.  So, it's "Case in point," because they're one and the same.