It's time to nip these misused phrases in the bud, once and for all. 

By Blake Bakkila
August 01, 2017

For all intents and purposes, it’s important that you avoid using the phrase “intensive purposes.” This phrasal confusion, one among many, is common in the English language. We think we hear something and soon enough, it becomes a near-mainstream (and completely incorrect) pronunciation or organization of words. In 2015, Merriam-Webster introduced the word “eggcorn,” which is defined as a “word or phrase that sounds like and is mistakenly used in a seemingly logical or plausible way for another word or phrase…”

To help you tackle even the most obvious eggcorns, Real Simple compiled a list of words or phrases you’ve probably misused at least once or twice.

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