Road to Hoe

If there is anything worse than using a cliche, it’s trying to use a cliche and getting it wrong. You would think we wouldn’t get something wrong that’s been repeated so often! I like to call these instances Close but no cigarette.

One of the more common examples of this is saying It’s a difficult road to hoe instead of It’s a difficult row to hoe. They sound so much alike that the mistake shouldn’t be that surprising, but it’s also a good example of how we so mindlessly use a phrase. If we stopped to think about it even for a second, then we would never talk about how difficult it is to hoe a road.

Not only does it not make any sense, but we already have enough trouble with potholes in the roads—we don’t need people digging more with their farming tools.


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4 Responses to Road to Hoe

  1. Jinny says:

    One of my favorites is ‘Nipped in the butt (bud)’ Do you have any more?

    Reply: We certainly do. Stay tuned; we’ll post more of them in the coming weeks and months.

  2. Hars Mattson says:

    “I could care less” instead of “I couldn’t care less.” Ugh.

  3. Deb says:

    My husband drives me nuts when he talks about the bosses at work and refers to them as: “The powers TO be” instead of the powers THAT be.” ( he also says “nipped in the butt”… and he has 2 degrees!)

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