Word Flubs

I was composing a tweet recently and typed, “All the rage”

And then I had to stop and Google whether or not it’s all the rage or all the rave.

From what I could find, the first is the correct version.

And my critique partner pointed out that it’s not “another thing coming” but actually, “another think coming.”

Huh. Who woulda known?

These little errors got me thinking of all the words I mix up…

Like how up until fifth grade, I honestly thought those cement things that separate the grass from the street were called curves. To my defense, curve makes more sense than curb.

And ornaments? No, really? You means there’s no D? I totally called them ordermints throughout all my formative years.

Every time John Elton’s Tiny Dancer came on the radio, I’d sing…

Hold me closer, Tony Danzaaaaa.

I really wish I were kidding.

I know. It doesn’t make nearly as much a sense as curves. I guess I thought John Elton was a big fan of Who’s the Boss.

Up until about four years ago, my cousin, who is now a senior in high school, thought meteorologists were talking about the windshield factor instead of the wind chill factor. (This is just one of the many reasons why I love her.)

So it seems I’m not the only person who botches words. Surely, my cousin and I are not alone….

Let’s Talk: What words and phrases and song lyrics have come out of your mouth incorrectly?

For your entertainment, here are some hilariously botched song lyrics from the movie 27 Dresses (warning: this takes place in a bar and a female body part is mentioned, so if either of these are offensive, stay clear)

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24 thoughts on “Word Flubs

  1. I know this dates me. In high school, Tina Turner sang “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Well, in the first verse there’s a phrase that goes, “You must understand that the touch of your hand makes my pulse react. That it’s only the thrill of boy meeting girl, opposites attract.” Okay. She’s talking about sweaty palms and boys meeting girls. I thought she said “how the zits attract.” I didn’t get it… but Tina was always a little raw and edgy. Maybe she was saying lovin’ someone with zits is cool???

    As far as the thing-think debate, I think if we all agree that thing makes more sense than think, then it should be thing. New season. Another thing comin’ – yeah!



  2. Funny stuff.

    Okay, I probably shouldn’t admit this because I was an adult when I made this flub but…..When I was pregnant with my first child I asked my husband if he was going to cut the unbiblical cord.

    Yes he still makes fun of me for it. But I think there’s a lesson to be learned, we should all cut the unbiblical cords in our life, right?

    1. Katie Ganshert

      Oh my goodness – that literally made me LOL!

  3. Janice Boekhoff

    My husband is Iowa born and raised and his family is fond of saying “find it back.” For example, “did you find it back?”, as in “did you find what you were looking for?” This must just be an Iowa thing because I’m from Missouri and had never heard it.

  4. Rachel Savage

    When I was little, I knew people always said something if you knocked on the bathroom door and it was occupied. I knew what it sounded like, but didn’t know the words. One day, I was the one occupying the bathroom when someone knocked. I didn’t know what to say!! I looked around and saw a box of baking soda on the counter (my uncle used it to brush his teeth). “Oh!” I thought to myself, “that’s what they say.” I then yelled, “Arm and Hammer!” and heard a laugh outside the door. My grandmother then informed me that the correct phrase was “I’m in here!” (We are from Rhode Island, so the “arm” was pronounced without the “r.” Haha!

  5. I had a friend in HS who swore a Roxette song said “eyes of a lover that HIT LIKE MEAT” instead of “hit like heat.” I could not convince her otherwise!

    And around here, I’ve heard people say “warsh” instead of “wash.” Also, “chimbley” instead of “chimney.” Yes, we’re hicks but we’re proud.

  6. Katie Ganshert

    These are all making me laugh! And oh, do I love to laugh! Thanks for the smiles this Wednesday.

  7. Haaa!

    Okay, this isn’t a song, but my coworker always tells us about her niece who is slightly, um, naive. My favorite thing she’s said; “Don’t have a cornea!” 🙂

  8. I have a sister who uses Malapropisms from time to time. One I remember that made me crack up was when she parked her car under the davenport instead of the carport.

  9. Love that scene from 27 Dresses! I think most of Elton’s John’s music can be misinterpreted.

    Another “think” coming??? That just sounds weird. I’m gonna stick with “another thing …” 🙂

  10. Yeah, I JUST heard about the “another thing” vs. “another think” thing. I don’t think I care for it. It doesn’t make as much sense to me.

  11. LOL! These are great!

    My great epiphany on a song happened in church. I’d heard Michael W. Smith sing this song, and I thought I knew what it meant, though I had to search my theology to make it fit.

    I was singing “Love Crucified A Rose.” (All I could think of was how Christ was called the Rose of Sharon…and thought, okay, that’s pretty lyrical and poetic, but it is a song after all.”

    I nearly fell over laughing in the middle of the song when I read the title in the bulletin. “Love Crucified Arose.”

    THAT makes so much more sense…such a doofus.

  12. I always thought people said “Blush you” when people sneezed. Hehe.

  13. So, so funny, Katie.
    How about “to all extensive purposes”? Or is it “to all intensive purposes”? Or “to all extents and purposes”?


    1. Actually, Beth, I believe it is, to all intents and purposes, but who really knows – could be insects and porpoises, and can we really trust Google for such vital information?? 😉

  14. Hysterical!! My favorite from my family was the hubs. He’s a Brit, so I’ll blame it on that, but he was trying to tell me about making lemon curd, and said, “After all the lemons are squoze …”

    I didn’t hear another instruction, I was laughing so hard.

    He went by rhymes. These ~ those. Squeeze ~ Squoze.

  15. When I was little I though grilled cheese was girl cheese. I used to ask if a boy cheese sandwich was made differently. People would laugh but no one corrected me! And now I find I do the same thing to my nieces and nephews when they say funny things, lol.

  16. Ha!

    Ba ba ba Benny!

    Okay, I’ve seriously been making up my own lyrics to Pearl Jam’s Yellow Ledbetter for years…”box or a bag…” Nothing like that guitar ending. Sort of makes you not care what the words are just so you’ll get to hear that ending.

  17. I know another think is correct, but I’ve heard another thing for so long that the correct way sounds weird. I have a friend who drops the r in library calling it libary.

  18. In my house, we call these things “Maryisms.” My mom, Mary, botched words all the time. It’s one of the many memories my family still enjoys about her.

    She used to call cayenne pepper, canine pepper.

    She once called me after a terrible windstorm and told me that the wind blew the “cubicle” right of the top of the house. (instead of cupola)

    And I’m afraid the disease of “Maryisms” is genetic. I do this all the time. And my daughter is showing signs of the funny disease, too.

  19. And my critique partner pointed out that it’s not “another thing coming” but actually, “another think coming.”

    I posted a status update last night on my fb. I was reading Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate and a character said “…she has another think coming.” And I was like, what? I’d been saying it wrong all my life! Oy!

    Fun post!

  20. CJ

    When Pres. Kennedy was assassinated, I was 8 yrs old. The day of his funeral was declared a national day of “morning”. I wondered why there were no cartoons on tv like Saturdays.

  21. I thought it was “another thing coming” x3!

  22. I’ve always said “another thing coming” too! I guess I learn something new every day. Is it a regional thing?


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