For all intensive purposes
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If you’re using this phrase to mean “for all practical purposes,” then for all intents and purposes, you’re doing it wrong (see what we did there?). The phrase, “for all intensive purposes” is a mondegreen, which is defined as a misheard version of a phrase, saying or slogan. The phrase you’re actually looking for (as you’ve probably guessed by now) is “for all intents and purposes.” Try these fancy words if you want to sound smarter.
A doggy dog world
Tatiana Ayazo/Rd.com, Shutterstock What you meant to say was “dog eat dog world,” right? If so, it’s understandable that you misheard/reshaped it as “doggy dog world.” This type of error is known as an “eggcorn,” which reshapes an established word or phrase phonetically, without changing the actual meaning of the phrase (just as “eggcorn” reshapes the word “acorn” without changing its actual meaning). Learn about the 15 words that have completely changed meaning.