I love it when people say things incorrectly.
Well, actually I hate it...it almost gives me a twitch.
But it's pretty entertaining when I know that they're saying something totally different.
My most recent observation in this department:
low and behold.
Sorry. That's incorrect. Try again. Lose 3 points. Take 1 step back.
It's actually lo and behold. It means literally look and see.
As an idiom, it actually has bit more fervor, making it more of an exclamation or intriguing proclamation.
But when you say it wrong--"low" and behold, instead of look and see, you're saying something along the lines of, "get on the ground and see.
I told him to clean up and when I walked in the door, lo and behold (I looked and saw!!): a spotless home.
I told him to clean up and when I walked in the door, low and behold ( I lay on the carpeted floor and saw): a spotless home.
Now that I think about it though, if Scott cleaned the house spotless while I was gone, I'm more likely to end up lying on the floor from shock than just looking around.