The most common words and phrases we all say wrong every day

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We all know that hilarious moment when you and a friend sing song words totally differently, each believing the artist used a phase they actually didn’t.

Now according to a new survey, three in four Brits admit to getting words mixed up every day in general conversations and the results are eye-wateringly funny.

Some of the most commonly misused phrases include ‘out on a whim’ it should be ‘out on a limb, 'escape goat’ instead of ‘scapegoat’, ‘for all intensive purposes’ which should, of course, be 'for all intents and purposes' and hilariously, ‘nip it in the butt’ instead of ‘nip it in the bud.’

The admission by so many Brits might explain why we’ve heard someone say they will extract revenge irregardless of the consequences when they should have said exact revenge, regardless of the consequences.

The survey, conducted by Privilege Insurance, found that 66% of the 2,000 respondents also used words and phrases they don’t actually understand the meaning of at all.

Have you been guilty of getting mixed up on any of the below common words or phrases three out of four admitted getting wrong and talking gibberish..?  The list below might help you avoid talking nonsense in future if so. 

Most commonly misused phrases:

28% Hunger pains (Hunger pangs)
22% Wreck havoc (Wreak havoc)
20% Out on a whim (Out on a limb)
20% Mute point (Moot point)
18% Beckon call (Beck and call)
18% Escape goat (Scapegoat)
18% Nip it in the butt (Nip it in the bud)
16% For all intensive purposes (For all intents and purposes)
12% Extract revenge (Exact revenge)

Most commonly misused words:

31% Affect (Effect)
28% Pacifically (Specifically)
23% Arks (Ask)*
21% Suppose (Supposed to)
19% Yourself / Myself(You / Me)
16% Advise (Advice)
14% Genuinely (Generally)
14% Adverse (Averse)
14% Your (You’ll)
2% Crotch (Crutch)
12% Flaunted (Flouted)
11% Patients (Patience)
10% Banter (Barter)
9% Decimated (Devastated)
9% Photographic (Photogenic)

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