Buzz·Posted on Nov 7, 2019Can You Finish These Misremembered Idioms Correctly?I'll wait with bated breath. Baited breath? I'll be holding my breath.by Tessa FaheyBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink I ____ care less. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Could Correct Incorrect Could Couldn't Correct Incorrect Couldn't Correct! Wrong! "I couldn't care less." When you can't care less, you care the least amount you could! If you could care less, you do care. "Could care less" is very common and widely accepted, but "couldn't" makes more sense and dates back earlier. I'll have tomake ____. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Do Correct Incorrect Do Due Correct Incorrect Due Correct! Wrong! "I'll have to make do." The misspelling "make due" isn't as common as it used to be, but it still comes up. Nip it inthe ____. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Butt Correct Incorrect Butt Bud Correct Incorrect Bud Correct! Wrong! "Nip it in the bud." It's a metaphor meaning to stop something early, like you would cut off a plant's bud before it blooms. "Nip it in the butt" is just kind of...risqué. Could ____, should ____, would ____. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Have Correct Incorrect Have Of Correct Incorrect Of Correct! Wrong! "Could have, should have, would have." People probably started writing "could of" because it sounds a lot like how we pronounce "could've." For all ____ purposes. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Intensive Correct Incorrect Intensive Intents and Correct Incorrect Intents and Correct! Wrong! "For all intents and purposes." "Intensive purposes" doesn't really make sense, but it sounds a lot like "intents and purposes," a phrase that dates back to the 16th century. We're one ____the same. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed In Correct Incorrect In And Correct Incorrect And Correct! Wrong! "We're one and the same." When you're trying to clarify that two references are referring to the same thing or person, it makes sense that you'd say they're one thing/person and also the same. "One in the same" is kind of a stretch of logic. I'm waiting with____ breath. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Baited Correct Incorrect Baited Bated Correct Incorrect Bated Correct! Wrong! "I'm waiting with bated breath." "Bated" is a word that we don't really use anymore outside of this phrase that was probably also made up by Shakespeare, so it's understandable if you haven't heard of it. It means "reduced," so just "less breath." It ____ myinterest. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Peaked Correct Incorrect Peaked Piqued Correct Incorrect Piqued Correct! Wrong! "It piqued my interest." Again, "pique" isn't really a common word these days, but it means "to excite," which means it makes just a touch more sense in this phrase than "to hit the highest level." You have free ____. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Rein Correct Incorrect Rein Reign Correct Incorrect Reign Correct! Wrong! "You have free rein." "Reign" does make sense here because it means control, but unfortunately, this idiom is also a metaphor. "Free rein," just like "loosening the reins" is a reference to horseback riding where holding the reins loosely gives the horse more freedom. She's a ____-in. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Shoo Correct Incorrect Shoo Shoe Correct Incorrect Shoe Correct! Wrong! "She's a shoo-in." It's shoo, like in the "shoo, fly, don't bother me" sense. In this case, her victory is so certain that she’s almost “shooed” into it. No idea how "shoe" would work, but it looks right, doesn't it? You've got another____ coming. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Think Correct Incorrect Think Thing Correct Incorrect Thing Correct! Wrong! "You've got another think coming." The full phrase would typically be something like, "If he thinks I'm moving, he's got another think coming." And although "thing" is used just as often now, "think" appears to predate it. We need to ____in on this. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Home Correct Incorrect Home Hone Correct Incorrect Hone Correct! Wrong! "We need to home in on this." You can hone skills, meaning sharpen them like a blade, but if you want to say you're finding your target or zeroing in on something, it's "home" (like a GPS homing device). I'm going to ____ itoff on someone else. Tessa Fahey / BuzzFeed Palm Correct Incorrect Palm Pawn Correct Incorrect Pawn Correct! Wrong! "I'm going to palm it off on someone else." Okay, we're getting maybe a little too deep in it here. Both "palm," as in passing through sleight of hand, and "pawn," as in selling something, kind of make sense here. It's unclear why "pawn off" came about, but "palm off" definitely came first and better fits the deception that this idiom implies.