deaconB said: Your wife called. She desires you to acquire wurst.

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Glenn said: Turn for the wurst

I had actually a feeling there"d be that play on words. As I was keying my original article, I redubbed an old Three Stooges episode wbelow they were working in a butcher shop and messed up substantial via the saintake machine. One of them (probably Curly) exclaimed "Looks prefer things have actually taken a turn for the wurst!"

RobertB said: People occasionally say the wrong things on function for effects, in this situation to emphasize their pessimism.

And that"s an excellent allude I had not taken into consideration. But I still need to wonder if a lot of human being that say that (...revolve for the worst) are really engaging in intentional hyperbole or simply making a near-homophone error. It might be hyperbole, however I still suspect the latter.


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People sometimes say the wrong things on purpose for results, in this instance to emphadimension their pessimism. 

For office chuckles , this one regularly functions for me : things are gonna get a lot worse before they get worse !

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Sunday comics this week featured Daglumber saying "... in instance points take a revolve for the worst."

I always assumed the expression was "...for the worse" which would certainly suggest things are simply headed south ("worse" being an adjective). Saying something is taking a revolve for the "worst" appears to be a prediction that it"s gonna go all the means, as opposed to just being diminiburned by some finite amount. Why is that expression morphing? Seeing that comic spilgrimage reminded me I"ve been hearing & reading that expression a lot more frequently lately.

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So I checked Ngrams and uncovered this, which supports the standard expression.

Now I need to wonder if this current boost in "turn for the worst" mirrors a general rise in pessimism, or simply another near-homophone error. I suspect the last, but as soon as I check out it in print it suggests the editors are OK through it. Not like comics obtain a lot modifying, yet I"m just speculating here. Other speculations welcome.