A to Z Idioms 29 | Commonly Misused Expressions

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In this episode of The A to Z English Podcast, Xochitl and Jack discuss some commonly misused expressions.

nip it in the bud (correct) vs. nip it in the butt (incorrect)

“Nip it in the bud” is an idiom that means to stop a problem or issue at its early stages before it can grow into something more serious or difficult to control. It suggests that, like pruning a plant by removing a bud before it becomes a full-grown branch, addressing a problem early can prevent it from becoming a larger, more complicated issue. This expression is often used to emphasize the importance of taking timely action to address problems or conflicts.

I couldn’t care less (correct) vs. I could care less (incorrect)

The phrase “I couldn’t care less” is an idiom used to express complete indifference or lack of interest in a particular topic, situation, or outcome. When someone says, “I couldn’t care less,” they are conveying that they have no emotional investment or concern about the matter in question. In other words, they are saying that their level of apathy is so high that it’s impossible for them to care any less than they currently do. This phrase is often used to dismiss something as unimportant or to indicate that the speaker has no personal stake in the matter.

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