Mis-sayings

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Dylan Nicholson:
Just some I've noticed around the internet. Some are amazingly common...I haven't put individual google counts as you usually have to try various tenses/pronouns etc to get a useful figure
[nq:1]100 hits[/nq]
"batter an eyelid"
"get one's gander up"
"keep one's ears peeled" (sometimes intentional/jocular) "eat with one's mouth full"
"all hell went loose"
"be on tender hooks"
"paint one with the same brush"
"put it into writing"
"old mother's tale"
"right frame of mood"
"try your upmost"
I've already admitted here before that I always thought it was "gander up" (vs "dander up"), so I don't think the above necessarily illustrate ignorance - people basically repeat what they first hear (or believe they hear!), and don't even necessarily notice that a similar & far more common form of a saying they use is actually different.
I'm sure there are plenty more of course.
Dylan
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Donna Richoux:
[nq:1]Just some I've noticed around the internet. Some are amazingly common...I haven't put individual google counts as you usually have to try various tenses/pronouns etc to get a useful figure[/nq]
[nq:2]100 hits[/nq]
[nq:1]"batter an eyelid" "get one's gander up" "keep one's ears peeled" (sometimes intentional/jocular) "eat with one's mouth full"[/nq]
I don't see your objection there. "Don't eat with your mouth full" is a common parental admonition. Are you thinking of "in one mouthful," in one gulp?
[nq:1]"all hell went loose" "be on tender hooks" "paint one with the same brush"[/nq]
I don't quite get that, either as a saying or a mistake. "Tarred with the same brush," I know.
[nq:1]"put it into writing"[/nq]
Is your objection that it should be "put it in writing"? "In" and "into" aren't totally interchangeable, but they're pretty close.
[nq:1]Yeah, I post a list from time to time. Last time in December.

"Mis-sayings" is a fairly compact name, better than anything I've come up with so far.

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Skitt:
[nq:2]Just some I've noticed around the internet. Some are amazingly ... one's ears peeled" (sometimes intentional/jocular) "eat with one's mouth full"[/nq]
[nq:1]I don't see your objection there. "Don't eat with your mouth full" is a common parental admonition. Are you thinking of "in one mouthful," in one gulp?[/nq]
Don't talk with your mouth full.

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Peter Moylan:
Dylan Nicholson infrared:
[nq:1]"batter an eyelid"[/nq]
Sounds like a case of salt and battery.
[nq:1]"get one's gander up"[/nq]
Appropriate if you have a saucy goose, I suppose.
[nq:1]"eat with one's mouth full"[/nq]
Variants of this can easily happen accidentally. As a child I used to hear "Don't speak with your mouth open".

Peter Moylan (Email Removed) http://eepjm.newcastle.edu.au (OS/2 and eCS information and software)
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Rolleston:
[nq:1]Don't talk with your mouth full.[/nq]
Especially if it's full of water.
R.
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Arcadian Rises:
[nq:2]100 hits[/nq]
[nq:1]"right frame of mood"[/nq]
This is absolutely fabulous!
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Tony Cooper:
[nq:2]"eat with one's mouth full"[/nq]
[nq:1]I don't see your objection there. "Don't eat with your mouth full" is a common parental admonition.[/nq]
Really? I've heard, and used, "Don't talk with your mouth full", but not "Don't eat with your mouth full".
I've tried to phrase the above very politely. I've been notified that I have won the Netherlands National Lottery and 250,000 euro. I'm already making arrangements to claim my other winnings in Australia, so I shouldn't need a place to stay in the Netherlands. I'll probably engage a suite at the Bilderberg Garden Hotel since I'll be flush with my Australian winnings, but I don't want to burn bridges.
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R H Draney:
Donna Richoux filted:
[nq:2]Just some I've noticed around the internet. Some are amazingly ... useful figure I'm sure there are plenty more of course.[/nq]
[nq:1]Yeah, I post a list from time to time. Last time in December. "Mis-sayings" is a fairly compact name, better than anything I've come up with so far.[/nq]
When a lot of them come together like this, I think of them as "Trixies", from the movie starring Emily Watson:
"You're out of your rocker"
"Either fish or get off the pot"
"I'll get him by hook or by ladder"
"Grab the bull by the tail and look him in the eye" "Do I have an ace up my hole?"
"I'm a little green behind the ears"
"You can't just sit there like a sore thumb"
"I won't let you drink yourself to Bolivia"
"He smokes like a fish"
"A parasite for sore eyes"
"I wouldn't eat a steak if it came on a ten-foot pole" "It's time to swallow the bullet"
"Even if I am between a hard rock and the deep blue sea" "I want to go back to square zero"
..r
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Gwilym Calon:
[nq:1]As a child I used to hear "Don't speak with your mouth open".[/nq]
In one volume of Spike Milligan's autobiographies, his Sergeant-Major admonishes him "Silence, when you're speaking to an officer".

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