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Episode 10: You'll be a shoo-in!

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Intermediate: B1


 Hi , I think you misspelled the word SHOO-in.
I never heard of the word SHOE-in.

Hi, mazigh! Shoo-in is absolutely correct spelling. The ethymology of this word you can find out here.

Hi semiliranda! The online etymology dictionary which you have provided is quite useful. Thanks a lot.

Hi Mazigh and Semiliranda

Thanks for spotting that one - I'll admit that I was wrong about the phrase. I thought it came from 'a shoe in the door' and had never explored the origins of the expression. 

Normally, posting external links is against the house rules but the link you have provided is really interesting.

I did a quick google search for the expressions "a shoo-in" and "a shoe-in" and the correct version returned 495,000 results and the incorrect version returned 26,000,000 results. There are quite a lot of words in English which have made it into the language as a result of popular misconceptions (Bill Bryson's book Mother Tongue has a wonderful chapter about how words make it into English) and so there is definitely an argument in favour of 'a shoe-in'.

The discussions on the web that I read support the spelling 'shoo-in' and so I have changed it.

Thanks again

Jack Radford

The LearnEnglish Team