Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Word Nerd: For All Intents and Purposes

What people say: for all intensive purposes

Correct expression: for all intents and purposes

Meaning: for all practical purposes; in a practical sense; in every important way. Used to describe a situation that isn't technically true, but it might as well be true. 

  • Jacob doesn't have a security system installed in his home. But for all intents and purposes, his dog is his security system.
  • The freelance writer's living room is, for all intents and purposes, her office.
  • For all intents and purposes, Jon Stewart is a news anchor.

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