No one is immune to the odd malapropism. Chances are we are all guilty of a George W Bushism or two in our time.
But according to a new survey three in four Brits get words mixed up every day, which might explain it if you've ever heard someone say they're "flaunting" the rules "for all intensive purposes" in order to "extract revenge", "irregardless" of the consequences.
Privilege Insurance, which conducted the survey, found that 66 per cent of the 2,000 respondents also admitted to using words and phrases they don't actually understand.
Apparently one in four people don't even know they're talking gibberish. Make sure it's not you by checking out the lists below:
Most commonly made up words:
Most commonly misused phrases:
28% Hunger pains (Hunger pangs)
22% Wreck havoc (Wreak havoc)
20% Out on a whim (Out on a limb)
20% Mute point (Moot point)
18% Beckon call (Beck and call)
18% Escape goat (Scapegoat)
18% Nip it in the butt (Nip it in the bud)
16% For all intensive purposes (For all intents and purposes)
12% Extract revenge (Exact revenge)
Most commonly misused words:
31% Affect (Effect)
28% Pacifically (Specifically)
23% Arks (Ask)*
21% Suppose (Supposed to)
19% Yourself / Myself(You / Me)
16% Advise (Advice)
14% Genuinely (Generally)
14% Adverse (Averse)
14% Your (You’ll)
12% Crotch (Crutch)
12% Flaunted (Flouted)
11% Patients (Patience)
10% Banter (Barter)
9% Decimated (Devastated)
9% Photographic (Photogenic)
i100 note: This word might not be being used incorrectly, but just being pronounced differently. And that's totally fine.