Words and phrases you've been getting wrong
They’re cringe-worthy. They’re hilarious. And they’re going to help you never make the same mistakes again.
For all intensive purposes
If you’re using this phrase to mean “for all practical purposes,” then for all intents and purposes, you’re doing it wrong (see what we did there?). The phrase, “for all intensive purposes” is a mondegreen, which is defined as a misheard version of a phrase, saying or slogan. The phrase you’re actually looking for (as you’ve probably guessed by now) is “for all intents and purposes.”
A doggy dog world
What you meant to say was “dog eat dog world,” right? If so, it’s understandable that you misheard/reshaped it as “doggy dog world.” This type of error is known as an “eggcorn,” which reshapes an established word or phrase phonetically, without changing the actual meaning of the phrase (just as “eggcorn” reshapes the word “acorn” without changing its actual meaning).
Along with “eggcorn”, here are 18 words for things you never knew had names.