Intensive Purposes

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13 comments on this post.
  1. Stan:

    a student once wrote: it’s a doggy dog world.
    ranks right up there with “for all intensive purposes”!

  2. cWJ:

    See the above link, Stan. Perhaps your student performed an allusion more complex than you realize.. ;)

  3. Beye Fyfe:

    One of my favorits was written by a WAC who was asked on a questionnaire to comment on the food at the base where she was stationed: “The food in the mess hall is alright, but some of it is left to be desired.”

  4. Manuel Bettencourt:

    Interesting. My ex-wife thought it was a “doggy-dog” world (N of Pittsburg, c1970) and I, in my younger days (1960s, Georgia)) thought, for all intents and purposes, it was “for all intensive purposes.”

  5. Wanda Mahoney:

    I thought it was “for all intent and purpose” in other words what it was intended for and for it’s purpose… ??

  6. Lance:

    @Wanda Mahoney:
    The word “all” is the main clue. The English language won’t permit “all intent” any more than “all person”.

  7. Lance:

    We repeat what we think we hear, just as someone once thought he heard “I could care less”, because the “couldn’t” wasn’t clearly spoken.

  8. Lance:

    Obviously, if we care not at all, we are at the bottom of the caring pole, so we cannot care less.

  9. Mark Henderson:

    Ouch. Not only the incorrect “for all intents and purposes”, but also the wrong form of “its”. Another thorn in the side of any English teacher. “It’s” is short for “it is”. The possessive form of “it” is “its” with NO apostrophe. So, here you should use “and for its purpose…??”

  10. Chris:

    My English teacher told me that “I couldn’t care less” was incorrect because it is a double negative, the ‘not’ and ‘less’, and although the phrase “I could care less” doesn’t literally mean what one thinks one is saying it is still the correct version of the phrase.

  11. Justin:

    You’re English teacher wuzn’t not wrong.

  12. Justin:

    And a “Doggy Dog World” is only acceptable if you are quoting Snoop-Dog.

  13. joe:

    Notwithstanding the origin, what is wrong with saying:” intensive purpose”?

    e.g ” Bad publicity did not help his case, but it was the intensive purpose of his opposition to remove him from office.”

    I, and others, have used “intensive purpose” (not ALL intensive purposes) to show urgency, focus and singular commitment to a specific objective.

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