QOTD – Criminitly

I have recently been forced to explain why you can’t have your cake and eat it too.  Multiple times.

Not figuratively.  Literally.

If you have cake it is a tangible thing in your possession.  Once you eat it, it is no longer a tangible object in your possession.  It is past tense.  You had it.  You no longer have it.

I also had a cringe-worthy experience this morning when a co-worker, an educated individual, told me something was “besides the point”.

I’m not trying to split hairs here, I’m not trying to who/whom, than/then, or less/fewer you here, but I am to the point of peeving by misused idioms and everyday expressions.  Think about what you’re saying to ensure you are saying it accurately.

(and if you think I “could of” written this better, you’ve got another think coming)

It would be very unoriginal for me to write a “The X-Number Everyday Expression You Say Incorrectly.”  It’s been done and I could honestly care less to write another complaint article.  I could care less, you see, because I do, in fact, care a decent amount.

Instead, I want to start with a confession.

Growing up, I thought Criminitly was an expression that meant the same as “dagnabbit” or whatever other polite swearing your grandfather came up with when you were around.  My grandpa was Polish with a bit of a touch of an East Coast Accent.  When things would go wrong it was always For Pete’s Sake or For the love of Mike.  It took me quite a while before I realized who Mike and Pete were.  What took even longer, though, was to learn that Criminitly (crymenITlee) was not a word.  I was in college watching an episode of the Sopranos when I had the epiphany he was cursing the mafia.  Crime in Italy – a phrase popularized to mock Italian immigrants in the early 1900’s.  Most people, though, didn’t learn their swearing in the 19teens, and have made the shift to criminy.

I was fifteen when I realized it was “for all intents and purposes” not “intensive”.

To this day I do not understand a sh*t-eating grin.  A grimace maybe.  A face of utter disgust, sure.  A grin?  Of joy?  Nope.

QOTD – What expressions, idioms,  or everyday sayings do you either not understand or say incorrectly?


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