11.15.2006

Cliches Butchered

In reading a Star-Telegram story tonight regarding a capital murder case, I saw that the victim's daughter said, "We had decided it would be in God’s hands, but of course, in my heart of hearts, this is what I wanted.” You know, I had always thought that phrase was "in my hard of hearts." I have no idea what either one means. Or which one is correct. But that reminded me of ten years ago when I was being interviewed by a Messenger reporter when I used the phrase: "For all intensive purposes." The next day the paper came out and I was quoted as saying, "for all intents and purposes." I read that, scratched my head, looked it up, and then was relieved that I had not been exposed as an idiot.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Heart of hearts is correct, but it IS kinda difficult (hard?) to figure what it really means, when you just look at it. Probably "in the deepest regions of my heart", "down to the very core", etc.

Anonymous said...

I love your honesty Barry. I think everyone has been guilty of using a cliche incorrectly at least once. It's still funny to hear how differently people hear things and the meanings they place in these as well.

Think Frustrated said...

But, you just exposed yourself right now, didn't you? I wouldn't say as an idiot, but you did just admit the foible, didn't you?

Anonymous said...

frustrated thing - How's your boss in Gary, Indiana at Mid America Bank, # 630-420-1743 going to handle finding out you're still screwing around on the net while you're on the clock and suppose to be mopping floors and cleaning toilets?

Before you jump on people for admitting to having foibles you should make sure you don't have any of your own, DUMBASS.

Anonymous said...

I think the heart of hearts is somewhere near the cockles.

bgirl said...

It's funny when people say "Doggy Dog World" instead of Dog Eat Dog. Until I realize they're my accountant or LAWYER.

Anonymous said...

my prostrate hurts from laughing so hard

Anonymous said...

bgirl - I've never heard of "doggy dog world". I have only heard it correctly in dog eat dog world. New one for me.hotrfnxk

Anonymous said...

I think she was confusing "doggie style" with "doggy dog"