Grammar Hangout

10 Simple But Wrongly Used Phrases

Chances are that you’ve come across some phrases and you’re not sure if they are correctly used.

Well, not to worry because I’ve compiled a list of ten phrases, often misused and their correct use.


  1. As at when due: This should rank at the top of wrong use of phrases by Nigeria. The right thing is: As and when due.


  1. First come, first serve: Mbok, I know you’re Nigeria and can kill for that Saturday owanbe jollof rice, but next time, tell that waiter if it would be shared on a “first come, first served”



  1. Wet your appetite: as you rightly know, it’s the rainy season and everywhere is wet, but my friend, they said I should remind you that it is “Whet your appetite.



  1. Bathed breathe: Actually, you’ll be wrong, using this. Baited breathe is the appropriate phrase. I don’t know when breathe started bathing.



  1. Wreck havoc: You wreak havoc.


  1. Prepare for the worse: You are definitely wrong if you’re using this. Prepare for the worst is the right phrase here.  



  1. I could care less. The right thing is I couldn’t care less.


  1. For all intensive purposes: This is actually for all intents and purpose.



  1. It takes two to tangle: The right phrase is: is it takes two to tango.


  1. Prostrate Cancer: Hmmm? Cancer that prostrate? Na! Actually, it is Prostate cancer.


Have you ever used any of the phrases, wrongly or rightly?  

Emmanuel Egobiambu
A creative writer, blogger.

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