Sunday, May 3, 2009

Angry Language Guy

Is this a regional difference or a case of cliché decay?

Variant 1:
If he thinks that X, he's got another think coming.

Variant 2:
If he thinks that X, he's got another thing coming.

5 comments:

Guinea Pig said...

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Jen said...

I have heard it both ways. I'm pretty sure #1 is the original way but the way people drop the ends of their words in these parts I hear it like #2.

GDad said...

#1 makes the most sense, but I've seen #2 in writing a couple of times recently. It's sort of like the You Suck at Craigslist blog's fascination with people selling a "Chester Drawers" instead of a "chest of drawers".

Anonymous said...

Cliche decay.

Some of them are pretty funny. The first time I heard this one, it was in the following context: "... I might be a lesbian for all intensive purposes..."

GDad said...

Anon,

A good friend of mine introduced me to that one. I wonder what lazy purposes would be.