Here’s an odd usage error I had never considered before — thanks to AZCentral’s story about fast food employees signing up for public aid programs:
“Chucri said fast-food restaurants often attract young, low-skilled workers who are students and use the work as a weigh station to their career aspirations.”
Well, you could convince me that working at McDonald’s might pack the pounds on if you sampled the fare quite regularly, but I’m fairly sure they don’t put the employees on a scale there with any regularity. I’m confident he meant “way stations,” as in an in-between point in the middle of A and B rather than anything involved weight.
Just goes to show you that you have to watch the idioms and common sayings or you’ll wind up with oddities like “tow the line.”
So send me your favorite misused idioms just to wet my appetite or peek my curiosity, and I’ll be sure to pour over them and report back.
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