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February 10, 2006

What the hell?

Filed under: General — phil @ 12:10 pm

I was reading an article online just now and ran across the following:

For all intensive purposes

Um…what? It’s “for all intents and purposes” yahoo. We not talking about the ICU here. I swears.


  1. You know, I swear I told you about this eggcorn at least a year ago; I remember being in your parents’ living room telling the story. Anyway, I’ve seen it used a few times, and it’s still one of the most ridiculous mistakes out there.

    Try doing a google search on “for all intensive purposes”; I think you’ll find the results very depressing.

    Comment by DaveZ — February 10, 2006 @ 7:46 pm

  2. I googled it…and came up with nothing but articles correcting people. I admit I only looked on the first page or two, but who are all these people that are making the mistake?

    Comment by tim — February 11, 2006 @ 7:31 am

  3. From the time I was a small child, that is what I thought it was. Up until literally a few years ago even, because I never saw it in print. It’s honestly what I heard when people said it. So, there, am I stupid?

    Comment by Amanda — February 11, 2006 @ 4:01 pm

  4. I’d duck if I were you, Tim πŸ™‚

    Comment by nessa — February 12, 2006 @ 2:46 pm

  5. Actually it originated in Maine with a troupe of boyscouts. Half the pack went to bed for the night, while the other half went down to the ocean for a midnight swim. While frollicing in the surf, they were swallowed whole by a pack of ravenous dolphins. The scoutleader shouted, “All right! Time for the midnight snack!! For all in tents and porpoises… we have s’mores…”

    Comment by Taroo — February 13, 2006 @ 7:33 am

  6. Ha! I thought it was “all intense purposes.” go figure…

    Comment by guess... — February 14, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

  7. Ack! This is where I wish I had a picture of that weird cat in the comic strips. I can’t even think of the comic strip name, but the cat is great and it says “Ack!” a lot.

    I can barely stand to listen to the news on television because the newscasters are so dumb that their grammar is terrible. And don’t even get me started on the use of the reflexive pronoun “myself ” as the object of a preposition!

    Comment by Karen — February 15, 2006 @ 4:40 pm

  8. My pet peeve used to be “the reason is because”… but it since become misuse of “less” and “fewer”

    Comment by Dave — February 18, 2006 @ 11:41 am

  9. jour·nal n. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.


    Comment by tim — February 18, 2006 @ 2:16 pm

  10. I like the new look. Not sure when you changed it since I haven’t been here in a while.

    Comment by diane — February 20, 2006 @ 8:11 pm

  11. Sometime on the 18th, I would guess. Perhaps late on the 17th. πŸ™‚

    Comment by tim — February 20, 2006 @ 8:31 pm

  12. I like how Tim chides me for not updating my “journal”, when his is updated about as frequently.

    Comment by Phil — February 21, 2006 @ 9:59 am

  13. i like it πŸ™‚ …although I did like your frilly look too πŸ™‚

    Comment by athena — February 21, 2006 @ 11:03 am

  14. Old habits, Phil. Anyway, you’re the one that has the definition of journal on the top left corner of his blog. πŸ™‚

    Comment by tim — February 22, 2006 @ 6:21 am

  15. “It came with the frame.”

    Comment by Phil — February 22, 2006 @ 10:04 am

  16. You should use that box for a “Word of the Day”. You could even make up words to put there.

    Comment by diane — February 22, 2006 @ 11:24 am

  17. Goodness. I checked Diane’s site because dad said she’d posted and while I was at it I came here. What a surprise. Haven’t decided if I like it better or not.

    Comment by Karen — February 23, 2006 @ 11:05 pm

  18. It’s spiffy. Post more. πŸ™‚

    Comment by The Loop — February 25, 2006 @ 7:16 pm

  19. When we bought our bookshelves at Office Depot the other day, we were trying to figure out if the shelves would fit in our car. The guy helping us said, “Let me go see if we have any in stock, it may be a mute point.”

    Comment by diane — February 27, 2006 @ 9:00 am

  20. That might be more of an accent thing, Diane. Ask Jonathan to say “wolves, roof and hills.” It will come out “woovs ruff in heel.”

    Comment by tim — February 27, 2006 @ 9:47 am

  21. okay, so I’m like a year and a half late on this….but I highly recommend

    Comment by Cathlizzle — April 23, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

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