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    Default Mistaken word substitutions

    There are a lot of words that people seem to mix up all the time. A friend of mine was complaining about this the other day and I was surprised to realize how many come up pretty regularly. These are some I thought of:

    cue - as in take your cue from someone
    queue - a lineup
    Sometimes I've come across people writing about taking a queue. Wrong kind.

    borrow - I borrowed the car from Jack.
    lend - I lent the car to Jack.
    These get confused all the time, as in "I borrowed him my car". Drives me nuts!

    peace - the absence of war
    piece - a piece of something
    Often I see people write that they've said their peace. In that context, it doesn't make sense. Piece is the word they're looking for.

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    Per say instead of per se
    phase confused with faze
    take and bring -- it's take if it's going away from you, bring if it's coming with you, so you take someone to the hospital and then bring them home, take your car to the shop and bring it home -- that's not a hard rule, but it's customary usage. Nobody uses take anymore, they just bring things here and bring them there.

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    "Lose" and "loose"....ugh, I hate when people confuse those. I think it's more of a spelling error though.
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    I know someone who has a daily calendar of these.

    I'm no grammarian, but the ones I notice are the newly minted words:
    conversate instead of converse
    agreeance instead of agreement

    other people rage about this one, and evidently there is some debate, but it doesn't bother me:
    irregardless instead of regardless
    the formless thing which gives things form!
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    Supposably. It's supposed to be supposedly, but in conversation they often sound similar, so people write it the way they suppose it is said.

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    OH OH OH
    Would of and could of

    *falls to the floor apoplectic*

    also "would have" instead of "had"
    "I wish you would have told me that" should be "I wish you had told me that."

    Intact as two words

    Also "to all intensive purposes" instead of "to all intents and purposes"

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    I can picture Tilty as a little kid at school with her hand up snapping her fingers while exclaiming "Oh, OH, OH!"

    Yes, the old of, instead of have. Is there a name for words that people routinely mishear in conversation?

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    Ha! No, I bounce in my chair. Each OH is a bounce.

    ETA: OH! How about the enthusiastic "Here, here!" which should be "Hear, Hear!"

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    I so can picture that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    Is there a name for words that people routinely mishear in conversation?
    You might be thinking of malaprops and mondegreens. But a lot of what we've mentioned is just homonym confusion.

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