I am confused, a lot of the time. I hate it when people fudge common phrases, yet, I sort of love it. This may seem a horribly conflicted realm in which to dwell, but I relish every second of it.
Twitter has catalysed this joy for me recently, with a real-time stream of hideous, malformed phraseology at my fingertips. A constant, unending litany and pain and joy and suffering and glory. Mmmmm.
Below, I gather this unforgiving river of beautifully misshapen misery. Forgive those who quote the phrase to mock those who use it mistakenly. They know not what they do.
Wreck havoc - To destroy someone's attempts to induce havoc, ie to induce calm (See: Buddha)
Tweets about ""wreck havoc""
Mute point - When someone is trying to make a point without really saying anything (See: Andrew Bolt)
Tweets about ""mute point""
Beyond the pail - Near a bucket (See: Me with a very bad hangover)
Tweets about ""beyond the pail""
Baited breath - Fishy (See: Silvio Burlesconi)
Tweets about ""baited breath""
For all intensive purposes - Someone who is purposefully intense. (See: Gordon Ramsay)
Tweets about ""all intensive purposes""
I could care less - A probabilistic assessment of the likelihood of being able to experience less caring (See: The British Royal Family)
Tweets about ""could care less""
Irregardless - Towards something being regardless. Sort of regardless, but not quite. (See: The Voice)
Tweets about "irregardless"
Things are getting worst - Everything is nearly as bad as it possibly can be. (See: The apocalypse)
Tweets about ""things are getting worst""
I know, I know. I 'blog on wind energy'. I made this, to satisfy that immutable criterion: