Quiz: Can You Complete These Commonly Misued Phrases?
Can You Complete These Commonly Misued Phrases?
By: Maria Trimarchi
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About This Quiz

Are you a master of English? Can you cut the mustard and pass muster? Or should you cut muster and pass the mustard? If you have the confidence and skill to separate these common phrasing mistakes and deliberate puns from the correct English phrases you should use in public, then take this quiz.

Are you a font of knowledge, like Times New Roman, or are you a fount of knowledge, like the Trevi Fountain in Rome? Take this quiz, then everyone will know which one you are.

Some of us have a deep-seeded fear of public speaking, due to the worry that we might misspeak. Or is that a deep-seated fear? Is it a shoo-in that you will make a mistake, or a shoe-in, like putting your foot in your mouth? And is that related to hoof-and-mouth disease? Who's to say, or whose is it to say?

For all intensive purposes, or for all intents and purposes, this quiz might wet or whet your appetite for finding fault with the phrasing of others. Don't home in or hone in on the mistakes of others, though, because that's just rude.

Instead, take this quiz for the piece or peace of mind that comes with knowing you truly are a master of English.

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Tina Turner, after living as an _____ in Switzerland for more than 20 years, became a Swiss citizen.
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There's no evidence that you'll get sick if you go out in the cold with wet hair - that's just an _____.
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She didn't expect her knowledge of the _____ would help her save a choking man during dinner.
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It's a _____ world out there - you'd be smart to look out for yourself.
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He was charged with _____ when the officer clocked him driving in excess of 30 mph over the posted speed limit.
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Because of their carbohydrates, potatoes get a _____, but they can be healthy for you.
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She wore an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow _____ bikini.
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The _____ continued to address the large crowd of protesters, even as tear gas was dispensed.
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It's been said that because of how impactful it's been, the invention of the Internet is the _____.
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The mayor made a _____ to the award winner.
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Just six weeks into their _____, they decided to elope.
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Whether the chicken or the egg came first is a _____.
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The accused New York mobster was _____ for more than two decades before being found by the FBI.
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To quote author Kurt Vonnegut, "I am _____for my knack of finding in great books, some of them very funny books, reason enough to feel honored to be alive, no matter what else might be going on."
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To be at a person's _____ means you're available on a moment's notice.
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Be careful; he's no stranger to telling _____.
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The dog, _____, sat at the foot of the tree waiting for the squirrel.
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With two small children at home, she found law school to be a _____.
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Don't expect too much, he said, telling the audience to _____.
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_____, with that game, the team wrapped up a fantastic season.
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A good magician should have good _____.
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Some people say that we're voting for the _____ in the election.
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_____ to tell you what to do, but I think you should go on the blind date.
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When you feel anxious, angry or stressed, you may notice you've _____ your brow.
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When the stock market crashed, many fortunes - and 401ks - were wiped out in _____.
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After the divorce, she legally took back her _____.
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Our relationship ended soon after I realized she was _____.
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Even though he couldn't clean the plate, he was _____ to leave with leftovers.
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If you're speaking in _____, you're explaining a complex topic in a way that the average person can understand.
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The literary professor was a _____ on the subject of art and books in the middle ages.
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