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You have another think coming



"If you think that, you have another think coming" means "You are mistaken and will soon have to alter your opinion".  This is now sometimes heard with "thing" in place of "think", but "think" is the older version.  Eric Partridge,  in A Dictionary of Catch Phrases, gives the phrase as "you have another guess coming", "US: since the 1920s, if not a decade or two earlier".   Clearly "think" is closer to "guess" than "thing" is.  The OED gives a citation with "think" from 1937, and no evidence for "thing".  Merriam-Webster Editorial Department writes:  "When an informal poll was conducted here at Merriam-Webster, about 60% of our editors favored 'thing' over 'think,' a result that runs counter to our written evidence."

来源:http://alt-usage-english.org

"If you think that, you have another think coming" 这句话的意思是“你弄错了,很快就不得不改变观点”。现在有时候你会听到用“thing”替换“think”,不过“think”是比较早的版本。埃里克·派翠兹在《口头禅词典》中给出这样一个短语“you have another guess coming”。它出现在美国二十世纪二十年代,或者是比一二十年更早的时间。很明显与“thing”相比,“think”更接近于“guess”。《牛津英语大辞典》从1937年就引用“think”,并没有“thing”的例证。梅里亚姆·韦伯斯特编辑部写到:在梅里亚姆·韦伯斯特进行一次非正式的民意测验时,大约60%的编辑人员喜欢用“thing”,胜过“think”,这一结果与我们的书面证据恰好相反。

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