Things you have only recently discovered you have being saying/doing wrong


#1

Just found out that the thing Ive been calling WetTransfer at work is actual called WeTransfer. No one has called me up on it, this is shameful…


#2

Can the mods lock this now for a deep chuckle when it is viewed?


#3

Was sure for most of my life that the saying was “off your own back”.

Is this the kind of thing you were looking for?


#4

Yes but more embarrassing


#5

Not me, but my old boss (who was Finnish) went about 5 years telling everyone, including her boss, that she “couldn’t/can’t be arsed” when asked to do something.

She thought she was saying “couldn’t/can’t be asked”.

Deep, deep titters.


#6

Wait I’m trying to understand in what context she thought the phrase worked.


#7

Spent five minutes looking at this trying to work out what was wrong about it, and then googled it, and now I realise that I’ve been saying it wrong all my life.


#8

Not sure the proper one makes much more sense either tbh.


#9

same

edit: it should be ‘off your own bat’ apparently :confused:


#10

Bahaha, me toooo


#11

I think she thought it was 'cant be asked, as ‘You don’t need to ask me, I’m already on it’.

It is not.


#12

also “champing at the bit”…such a stupid saying anyway.


#13

aww that’s adorable.


#14

hopefully she was saying it with a hint of pride and chirpiness in her voice as that would make it even better.


#15

and lastly…her logic is sound, “can’t be asked” would be a good phrase for that. Stupid English language


#16

What’s wrong with that? I imagine it’s some pre-industrial relic or something. You can’t really criticise a saying for seeming peculiar after it’s context has disappeared. Saying that, I’m struggling to think any really modern sayings…


#17

It’s a good analogy, no? Horses literally do it when they are impatient to race.


#18

yeah but who knows what a champ or a bit is outside of this context?


#19

Spent 25 years of my life thinking Post-Its were called Post-Sticks, life hasn’t been the same since.


#20

I thought it was chomping?