A few months ago, I told you all that my son uses "thing" instead of "think" in the following:
If you think that, you've got another coming.

The idea that a son of mine would say "thing" instead of "think" just floored me. Where did I go wrong?
Well, the wrong-goer wasn't me.
The subject came up at lunch yesterday. My husband, my son, and my grandson were having a casual conversation into which that man I've been married to for almost thirty-six years injected the "thing" version. I couldn't believe it. He actually says "...another thing coming."

He's never said it in my hearing before, but I'm sure you can see that I now have to worry about what else our children may have learned from their father.
And him with a Master's in Speech and Communication. (Hmm. You don't suppose he's right and I'm wrong, do you?... Nah. Can't be.)

Maria Conlon
No need to discuss think vs thing again. We've done that. And it does no good.
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The subject came up at lunch yesterday. My husband, my son, and my grandson were having a casual conversation into ... you can see that I now have to worry about what else our children may have learned from their father.

My conclusion is that, like most wives of some long standing, you really don't listen to your husband. He's probably said it many times and you heard the sound but not the words. There must have been a storm brewing at lunchtime yesterday and atmospheric conditions created one of those freakish times when sound carries and becomes sharper.
I've been telling my wife for at least 36 years that I don't like whole wheat bread. Last week I went out to the store and bought some regular potato bread because there was only whole wheat in the house. My wife asked me why I bought the other bread, and was surprised when I told her I didn't like whole wheat bread.
My husband, my son, and my grandson were having a casual conversation into which that man I've been married to for almost thirty-six years injected the "thing" version. I couldn't believe it. He actually says "...another thing coming."

I, too, am in a mixed marriage. I offer you my sympathy and support.

SML
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A few months ago, I told you all that my son uses "thing" instead of "think" in the following: If ... a Master's in Speech and Communication. (Hmm. You don't suppose he's right and I'm wrong, do you?... Nah. Can't be.)

Merriam-Webster Editorial
"When an informal poll was conducted here at Merriam-Webster, about 60% of our editors favored 'thing' over 'think,' a result that runs counter to our written evidence."I suppose that makes him right, but maybe I have another thing coming.
A few months ago, I told you all that my son uses "thing" instead of "think" in the following: If ... you can see that I now have to worry about what else our children may have learned from their father.

It's catching, I tell you.
I was rereading something I wrote only yesterday, and found I had typed "thing" instead of "think".
It's fluences coming from the light fittings.

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
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The subject came up at lunch yesterday. My husband, my ... what else our children may have learned from their father.

My conclusion is that, like most wives of some long standing, you really don't listen to your husband. He's probably ... me why I bought the other bread, and was surprised when I told her I didn't like whole wheat bread.

I've had a very similar experience. It's even worse when I tell something to my wife, and she sort of acknowledges it by making a noise or two, and then, not even a minute later, brings up the subject, asking me for the same information I just had given her. She gets mad if I point out that I had just told her what she's asking for. Sheesh! I mean, she ignores me most of the time, but if I try to make sure that she's listening, she gets annoyed. It's almost fruitless to talk to her unless she has asked a question. I think she is constantly thinking about something else that can't be interrupted.
She reminds me of my father in his later days. He could appear to be listening, but I could tell that his mind was miles away, and I had to say, "Dad, listen, please." That brought him around, but he didn't mind it, though.

Skitt (in Hayward, California)
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A few months ago, I told you all that my son uses "thing" instead of "think" in the following: If you think that, you've got another coming.

I've only ever heard it said "another thing coming". That's how we say in in Massachusetts.
It's only a saying and I don't believe sayings are a matter of grammar.
A few months ago, I told you all that my ... you think that, you've got another coming.

I've only ever heard it said "another thing coming". That's how we say in in Massachusetts.

Didn't your fellow Bay Stater Dinkin know it as "think"?

Steny '08!
Why isn't it ..'another thought coming' ?
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