Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Misquoted phrases

Having recently been corrected over my corruption of "another think coming" I almost feel like I shouldn't post this. But I am anyway. It's Britain's top 10 misquoted phrases (correct version in brackets)!

) A damp squid (a damp squib)

2) On tender hooks (on tenter hooks)

3) Nip it in the butt (nip it in the bud)

4) Champing at the bit (chomping at the bit)

5) A mute point (a moot point)

6) One foul swoop (one fell swoop)

7) All that glitters is not gold (all that glisters is not gold)

8) Adverse to (averse to)

9) Batting down the hatches (batten down the hatches)

10) Find a penny pick it up (find a pin pick it up)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Have to admit I didn't know that glisters one but it means glitters anyway! And I suspect Led Zeppelin have a lot to answer for on that one....