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9 phrases you might be using wrong

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Even the smartest communicators misuse phrases. Here are nine mistakes to avoid:

1. Sneak peak. “Peak” refers to a mountain top. “Sneak peek,” meaning “an early view” is correct.

2. Peaked my interest. It’s “piqued my interest” to show that your attention is awakened.

3. First come, first serve. As written, that would imply the first person to arrive has to serve everyone else. The correct usage is “first-come, first-served,” meaning that the first person to arrive will be the first one to be served.

4. Case and point. Use “case in point” when you mean “an example of what is being discussed.”

5. By in large. “By and large” is accurate and means “in general.”

6. Shoe-in. “Shoo-in,” as in to “shoo” something or someone toward success.

7. For all intensive purposes. The accurate phrase is “for all intents and purposes” and means “effectively.”

8. Deep-seeded. While “deep-seeded” might make sense to indicate that something has been firmly established, the correct usage is actually “deep-seated.”

9. One in the same. Regularly misused, the right phrase is “one and the same” meaning the “same thing or person.”

— Adapted from “20 Embarrassing Phrases Even Smart People Misuse,” Christina Desmarais, Inc., www.inc.com.

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