Apr 24, 2011

Tounge and Cheek

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Killing two tongues with one post today.

First up is one of my biggest pet peeves - seeing the word tongue written as tounge. I don't understand the difficulty in spelling it correctly, but I see it as tounge more often than not.   I would guess that it rhymes with lounge when spelled that way, so where do they get it?

(Photo by borissey)
TONgue.  Seeing tounge is like nails on a chalkboard to me.

While on the subject of tongues, have you heard the expression tongue in cheek?  It's usually used to describe when something that could be true is said in jest, leaving the listener guessing as to whether the orator was serious or not.  The correct phrase is tongue in cheek (perhaps from the jokester putting his tongue in his cheek to suppress a smile) - not tongue and cheek.

You might find a bit of tongue in cheek in my various writings, but I hope you never see a tounge -  in cheek or otherwise.

I'm taking the A-Z Blogging Challenge, where I will post something from each letter of the alphabet on the corresponding day in April, except for Sunday, on (hopefully) all four of my blogs. You can see my other blogs in the sidebar - More of Marie Anne.


  1. LOVE this. I am certainly not perfect and enjoy a good play on words but when people ...ugh, I can't even continue; it's giving me palpitations.

    Thanks for bringing this irritation to light!!!

    Love your tongue in cheek, MA :)

  2. Ha! You too eh? It bugs me to end to see both tounge and tounge and cheek. I love these little posts you do about peeves. Spot on. :)

  3. Great – thanks, now I just KNOW that the next time I write about a tongue, I'm going to misspell it.

    My current A-Z Challenge blog is here: http://myheartblogstoyou.blogspot.com/2011/04/traumatization-of-third-grader.html

  4. That kind of stuff gives me hives. Maybe I need to lighten up? Nah.

    My “T” Post
    My “S” Post

  5. For me, it's when I hear "nuclear" pronounced "nu-cu-lar". Oh, also, when I hear people confuse "moot" and "mute". I want to kick someone.

  6. LOL Great post Marie Anne. I used to know someone that would say paw for palm and it drove me nuts. More than once I commented on it and she thought it to be tongue in cheek thus carrying on with her paws rubbing together as usual.

  7. I agree completely, mis-spellings like that make me see red too. That and bad grammar.

    I created a page about My Pet Peeves to get things off my chest. It seems we are not alone in the things that drive us mad. I left the link below, feel free to blow off steam on there.