Thursday, 10 February 2011

30 years, and I had another think coming

I am currently reading TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD for the first time ever. I'm thirty. I never had to read it for school, so maybe that's how I escaped it so far. Not that escaping it is a good thing. I'm really enjoying the read, and loving Scout's innocent take on everything she sees. I can definitely see what made it a classic. But most importantly by far, I learned something I never knew before:

If you think that, you've got another think coming.

For all of my thirty years, I've said it like this:

If you think that, you've got another thing coming.

I just Googled this today, and found out there's a lively (and far from new) debate on which is correct. Honestly, I got confused the first time I read Harper Lee's use of think. The second time, I was like, Okay, I'm obviously missing something... And it's true. I was!

It makes far more sense for it to be think, not thing. I just find it amusing that for all of my life, I've escaped even hearing it said that way.

And now I am going to have to scour my writing for any instances where I've said thing, and think (no pun intended) about what I'm gonna do with them. :)

P.S. Speaking of reading - check my "Goals" page. I added a "books read in 2011" widget that I got from Goodreads. My new reading goal is 25 books in the year. I think I can do that easily, especially if I keep on with reading the shorter books on my shelves. Hehehe, I know that's kind of cheating. But anyway...5/25 so far! MOCKINGBIRD will be the 6th.


  1. It's "think"! Seriously? Damn.

    I loved MOCKINGBIRD when I read it last year.

  2. Good gravy, I hate when you find you've been wrong all this time! I always thought it was "up and Adam", not "up and at 'em". Although the second one does make sense...but I didn't hear it that way. ;)

  3. I never heard it that way either, but I like it so much better. The "thing" version, when you think about it, doesn't really make sense!

  4. What is your GoodReads link? Here's mine! Samantha's Goodreads I want to read 100 books this year! This week I've read Matched, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and I'm starting I Am Number Four. I also want to read, and in some cases re-read, the classics – Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, etc!

  5. Whaaa? No way. It's definitely "thing". As evidenced by the very literary song "You've got another thing coming" by Judas Priest.

  6. I'm with you. It took a long time to read Mockingbird. How did I graduate without it?


  7. Shayda, when I was googling this I found reference to that Judas Priest song. lol.

    Debbie, I don't know about where you grew up but here in Australia we're probably less likely to have it on a staple reading list. Still, most people I know have probably read it already ;)

    Her highness, I added you - and FYI there is a link to my GoodReads page in my LINKS section above.

    Madeline, I think that's a pretty common mistake people make :)

    nindogs - yeah, I'm loving it. Scout is such a cool little girl. :D I love her indignation.

  8. I remember loving 'To Kill a Mockingbird' when I read it in school. Maybe I should revisit the book.

    You're doing awesome on your reading goal for the year. Oh, and I added you as a friend on GR. I'm trying to be more active on there. :)

  9. Cool, we are now GoodReads friends. :)

    I made this year's reading goal pretty easy, because last year I read 21 books (most of them epic fantasy re-reads) and I know this year I can easily top that, and yet I didn't want to bite off way more than I could chew. :P

  10. Wow, that makes much better sense. Not that I've ever thought about it before.

  11. I never knew that!

    New follower...

  12. I never EVER knew that. You taught me something new today. :)

  13. You can all thank Harper Lee :D

  14. Trisha, that's fascinating! The things you discover, eh? I had to real TKAM in high school- loved it then and still do now- but can't say I ever noticed that, and probably would have thought it a typo. Thanks for sharing :)

  15. Claire - Yeah, I thought it was a typo at first too. The second time I saw it, I was pretty sure it wasn't. hehe


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