17 Common Phrases You’ve Been Saying Wrong Your Whole Life

Your vernacular can be a source of pride or a cause for contempt. The linguistic snob inside us all often has to hold its tongue in the face of "visa versa" or "haytch" instead of "aitch". But there are some phrases that you only ever hear, as opposed to see written down, and this can result in some classic mispronunciations, especially as we get older and the prospect of asking grows ever more embarrassing.

I used to think it was "I can't be asked" as opposed to "I can't be arsed", a mistake that meant I said it all the time, not realising it contained a mild swear word. Easy mistake, right? Here are 17 more classic mistakes. You can thank us later...

1. One And The Same

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2. Give someone free rein

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3. On tenterhooks

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4. Exact revenge

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5. Hunger pangs

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6. Scapegoat

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I don't know about you but I've been saying 'on tender hooks' for as long as I can remember. And unfortunately it's not the only phrase I've been getting wrong, I've also been nipping it in the butt for years...


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