Fractured Cliché: I’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached
Correct Cliché: I’d forget my head if it wasn’t attached
Stephen’s absent-minded so every morning before he leaves for work we go through a checklist to make sure he has everything.
A couple of days ago as we were checking things off the list he said “I’d forget your head if it wasn’t attached”. To which I promptly replied “I’m glad it’s attached because I need my head.”
A half beat later I realized that Stephen said the cliché wrong instead of me. And better than that, I was the one who recognized the mistake!
Normally, I make the error. I was proud that I caught it.
I felt like I’d had a real ground through … until I said this.
Fractured Cliché: Ground through
Correct Cliché: Break through or ground breaking
May the farce be with you!
Stephen misconstrues the meaning of getting ahead
About the Author
Pam Waits has more than 20 years of experience in human resources with 10 years in the top HR spot for mid-sized companies. She currently works as a Human Resources consultant. Additionally, she holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.
Pam is also a writer and humorist, defying the perception that human resource professionals lack a sense of humor. She’s a leader who believes humor is an important part of a healthy business culture and a necessary part of life. If you’re too busy to laugh, you’re too busy.