Many phrases we use are often misquotes from Shakespeare and other traditional sayings – and people do not realise they have made mistakes.
Now a new poll has revealed a top ten of the most misquoted phrases in Britain.
Top of the league is a "damp squib", a term for failure named after a dud 19th century explosive mining device, which is often mispronounced as "damp squid."
Others in the chart include "one fell swoop" which was originally uttered by MacDuff in Shakespeare's Macbeth but which is often mistakenly repeated as "one foul swoop".
Another favourite is the Shakespearean quote from Merchant of Venice "all that glisters is not gold" which we misquote as "all the glitters is not gold". Read full article >>
The survey of 1,000 people was compiled by hearing aid retailer Amplifon, as part of its "Bringing Sound to Life" campaign aimed at revealing the state of the nation's hearing. Mark Holmes, from the company, said: "Technically these are called malapropisms but we think most people simply mishear them in the first place and repeat their mistake over and over again."