English is Nutty 4

Most of us use Nutty English expression to mean something entirely different than what we are actually saying. 

What is said-What is meantWhy it’s nutty

I could care less – I couldn’t care less – think about it. 


I miss not seeing youI miss seeing you – unless you’re breaking up. 


A non-stop flight – A flight with no intermediate stops – all flights stop


My idea fell between the cracksfell into the cracks – between cracks is good 


A hot water heatera water heater – Who heats hot water?


a hot cup of coffeea cup of hot coffee – enough said.


It was said by a nameless officialunnamed officialmost folks have names


Put your best foot forwardWRONG – one foot is good, second foot is better. 


Keep a stiff upper lipWRONG – the lower lip is the one that quivers


 The movie kept me literally glued to my seat

The move kept me figuratively glued to my seat – Get out the glue-b-gone.


Got any nutty favorites, leave me a comment.

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  1. I’m sure you can find a couple in my blog LOL! Thanks for this post I learned a lot 🙂

  2. These are really true…those morons…LOL

  3. I like your site. I’m bookmarking it when I get done leaving this comment.

    You might want to revise this line:

    “Put your best foot forward – WRONG – one food is good, second foot is better.”

    Don’t you mean “one foot is good…”? 🙂

    Have fun…

  4. Wow, good catch TimMc.

    There goes my credibility.
    Still, I’m posting it
    for all to see.
    There must be something wrong with me.

    – Robsmegaphone’s first poem 🙂

  5. Here’s a phrase I keep hearing these days:

    “A whole ‘nother”

    As in, “Hey, I didn’t know we had a whole ‘nother box of twinkies!”


  6. Cool Tim,
    Thanks – if you feel like it, why don’t you consider joining my grammar group:http://www.blogcatalog.com/group/the-grammar-group
    We have a blast.