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If you think I'm going to clean up after you, you've got another _____ coming.

I would fill in the blank with "thing" and would be somewhat surprised to see a different answer
35
42%
I would fill in the blank with "think" and would be somewhat surprised to see a different answer
11
13%
I would fill in the blank with "thing" but I'm aware of the other possibility
12
14%
I would fill in the blank with "think" but I'm aware of the other possibility
17
20%
I believe "thing" is correct and "think" incorrect in this phrase
27
32%
I believe "think" is correct and "thing" incorrect in this phrase
25
30%
I believe either usage should be considered correct
10
12%
 
Total votes: 84

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It was over 20 years ago when I first discovered that the majority of people were saying "thing" even though the original phrase uses "think". I still haven't gotten over it. Given contemporary usage even among the educated, I'm not willing to say "thing" is incorrect. But as long as "think" is also correct, that's the one I'm going with.

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I am aware of "think". I would never use it.

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Never heard 'think' used like that and would figure the usage is incorrect if anyone used it today; 'think' as a noun isn't seen often these days, afaik
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“You have another think coming” has been in use for more than 150 years, and the use of “think” as a noun has been around for longer. Here’s a discussion: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-a ... ing-coming

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I agree with the Guardian writer below and with the blog comment he quotes. A "thing" should be more concrete than thought-
‘Another thing coming’ usually suggests to me that the author desires the ‘other thing’ coming to be a fist in an idiot’s face.”
My preference is for the nonviolent response... :)
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econgator wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:26 pm
I am aware of "think". I would never use it.
Aw, come on. Why not? What would it take to get you to switch?

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:55 pm
econgator wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:26 pm
I am aware of "think". I would never use it.
Aw, come on. Why not? What would it take to get you to switch?
Yeah, maybe econgator should give it another think.

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I'll go with Judas Priest on this one.
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Thing for me while being aware of think, probably via an Uncle John type reading.

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davey wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:05 pm
opusthepenguin wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:55 pm
econgator wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:26 pm
I am aware of "think". I would never use it.
Aw, come on. Why not? What would it take to get you to switch?
Yeah, maybe econgator should give it another think.
Or maybe we should just give him free reign on this one. I mean, for all intensive purposes "thing" is correct in that phrase these days. But it's definitely peeked my curiosity to see how he'll respond. I'm waiting with baited breath.

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:21 pm
davey wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:05 pm
opusthepenguin wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:55 pm
econgator wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:26 pm
I am aware of "think". I would never use it.
Aw, come on. Why not? What would it take to get you to switch?
Yeah, maybe econgator should give it another think.
Or maybe we should just give him free reign on this one. I mean, for all intensive purposes "thing" is correct in that phrase these days. But it's definitely peeked my curiosity to see how he'll respond. I'm waiting with baited breath.
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cthulhu wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:42 pm
“You have another think coming” has been in use for more than 150 years, and the use of “think” as a noun has been around for longer. Here’s a discussion: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-a ... ing-coming
That argument didn't help during the Great Literally War of 2013.

And, as the piece states at the end:
Another thing coming appears to have come about in American English several decades later, probably as a result of confusion regarding the original phrase. Another thing is the more recent turn of phrase and now is more common, though it is frequently criticized.
English dictionaries play a perpetual game of catch-up. By the time they've recorded all the changes from the last generation the next one has made a whole new dog's breakfast to deal with.
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Thing

I was completely unfamiliar with using "think" in this phrase.

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:21 pm
Or maybe we should just give him free reign on this one. I mean, for all intensive purposes "thing" is correct in that phrase these days. But it's definitely peeked my curiosity to see how he'll respond. I'm waiting with baited breath.
Pretty sure you buried the lead on that.

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econgator wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:38 pm
opusthepenguin wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:21 pm
Or maybe we should just give him free reign on this one. I mean, for all intensive purposes "thing" is correct in that phrase these days. But it's definitely peeked my curiosity to see how he'll respond. I'm waiting with baited breath.
Pretty sure you buried the lead on that.
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Rob Halford weighs in:

https://youtu.be/WtuoFv4dcwM

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Volante wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 9:27 pm
cthulhu wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:42 pm
“You have another think coming” has been in use for more than 150 years, and the use of “think” as a noun has been around for longer. Here’s a discussion: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-a ... ing-coming
That argument didn't help during the Great Literally War of 2013.

And, as the piece states at the end:
Another thing coming appears to have come about in American English several decades later, probably as a result of confusion regarding the original phrase. Another thing is the more recent turn of phrase and now is more common, though it is frequently criticized.
English dictionaries play a perpetual game of catch-up. By the time they've recorded all the changes from the last generation the next one has made a whole new dog's breakfast to deal with.
That very much depends on whether they’re being prescriptive or descriptive, as DFW most entertaingly pointed out in Tense Present

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opusthepenguin wrote:
Sun Apr 26, 2020 7:08 pm
It was over 20 years ago when I first discovered that the majority of people were saying "thing" even though the original phrase uses "think".
It was much more recently than this for me. And I am willing to say that "thing" is incorrect.
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mas3cf wrote:
Mon Apr 27, 2020 11:38 am
Rob Halford weighs in:

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Interesting. The one that gets under my skin is that the majority of people seem to thing...I mean think... "something doesn't jive" is correct usage rather than the proper "jibe."

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