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Colloquial Phrases—use them sparingly.
noun: colloquialism; plural noun: colloquialisms
Use colloquial phrases sparingly. Be careful when using them that they will be understood from country to country, too. If not, using a colloquial phrase might not be the best option.
As a grammar person, there is one colloquial phrase I really have a hard time with. However, knowing the background helps to understand it.
The phrase is....
If that’s what you think, you’ve got another think coming.
Do you see it? Do you see the next to the last word there? Think. Think? I swear I grew up hearing it as you've got another 'thing' coming. How about you?
Well, did you know the original phrase with the word think instead of thing is an old comical expression? Ah! Okay. Now I understand. According to Grammarist.com, 'think' predates the phrase using 'thing' while 'another thing coming' is much more common now.
As an editor, what I would recommend to my clients is to use single quotes around the word 'think' or italics if you are using the original comical version of this phrase. This way, your readers will know it was intentional, tongue-in-cheek, so to speak—comical. Then you won't have someone thinking you have a typographical error in your manuscript.
For more info, check out the blog on Grammarist.com — Another think coming.
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