Much to the chagrin of English experts and grammar gurus across the country, there are some common colloquialisms that many people still can’t quite get right, thereby turning our idiomatic expressions into idiotic exclamations. Even though we’re finally homing in on some of our quirkier linguistic misfires, some people literally couldn’t care less about using these axioms properly, regardless of the consequences to our beloved language.
1. Hunger Pangs
Although hunger may indeed cause discomfort, there’s no such thing as a “hunger pain.” Hunger pangs, on the other hand, are the gnawing, severe muscle contractions that signal it’s time for dinner.
2. Whet Your Appetite
While I wholeheartedly endorse the idea of satisfying those hunger pangs with a tasty beverage, “wetting your appetite” is incorrect. To whet one’s appetite means to sharpen it, like one would use a whetstone to sharpen or hone a knife.
3. Supposed To/Used To
You’re not supposed to write “suppose to” or “use to”; it’s nonstandard English. Get used to writing and saying these phrases the correct way, with a “d” on the end of each.