We found a list of a bunch of words and phrases you might be mispronouncing. And if someone corrects you, you look like an idiot. Here are five that can REALLY make you sound dumb . . .
- “Scapegoat.” Some people say “ESCAPE goat.” But a scapegoat is someone who takes the blame. And saying “ESCAPE goat” sounds like you’re talking about a loose farm animal.
- “Biding your time.” Some people say “BITING your time,” which is wrong. The word “bide” means “to wait for.” Saying someone’s “biting their time” doesn’t make sense.
- “Play it by ear.” It’s a music term. If you play it by ear, you’re doing it without reading sheet music. Apparently, some people think it’s “play it by YEAR.”
- “Pass muster,” which means you’re meeting a certain standard. Some people think it’s “pass MUSTARD,” which is something you might do at the table . . . or something your digestive system might do after you eat a hot dog.
- “Moot point” . . . spelled M-O-O-T. It usually means something’s irrelevant or hypothetical. Some people say, “MUTE point,” which is wrong. And there was also an episodeof “Friends” where Joey thought the saying was, “It’s a MOO point.”