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The phrase is:

If you think that, you have another think coming.

Not another thing.

Also, it's hear, hear!, not here, here!

That is all.

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rei_saru
Feb. 11th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU.
danthmanes
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Aw, you could have said, "Hear hear!"
rei_saru
Feb. 12th, 2008 01:11 am (UTC)
I am not witty. =(
danthmanes
Feb. 12th, 2008 01:22 am (UTC)
But you have really amusing icons :-P
rei_saru
Feb. 12th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
And some of them even feature me! =P

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Seriously, though, thank you. =D
mrmouse
Feb. 11th, 2008 10:32 pm (UTC)
Okay, I knew the 2nd one, but... "another think coming"? Really?!
sneeper
Feb. 11th, 2008 10:45 pm (UTC)
Really. It makes more sense as think anyway. What other thing coming would they have? What was the first thing?

The original phrase was "another guess coming." It was a snarky colloquialism at the beginning of the 20th century. It's just unfortunate that think sounds enough like thing that people confused them.
danthmanes
Feb. 12th, 2008 12:02 am (UTC)
I think "another thing coming" has become the accepted phrase. Or should that be, "I thing 'another thing coming' has become the accepted phrase." *confused*
magna_maxima
Feb. 12th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)
<3

(The icon is for what They say behind Our backs.)
(Anonymous)
Feb. 12th, 2008 10:58 pm (UTC)
Another Think Coming
is clearly wrong. Maybe it was that way originally, but who cares?

For evidence I will site two sources, one academic, one convincing. The academic source is Language Log (http://itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/004971.html).

And the more important, more convincing source is Judas Priest (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You%27ve_Got_Another_Thing_Comin%27). If a gay Brit in tight leather pants doesn't have moral authority on an issue, who does?

-Matt

You saw it here! here! first.
sneeper
Feb. 12th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Another Think Coming
Well, I would expect that a linguistic descriptivist like Mark Liberman would side with "thing." A descriptivist simply has to point to pure numbers of use. Since language is defined by use, it doesn't matter what the meaning originally meant, it's all about who it is used at this moment. Google if their greatest ally. Of course, that will not stop someone like me from fighting against the change by educating people with the way that actually makes more sense.

Although actually reading that blog entry, Mark Liberman doesn't side with "another thing coming." It doesn't seem he's taking sides at all.

As for your second point about gay Brits in tight pants, I cannot argue with that.
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