We’re starting from scratch one

This was uttered while making a second attempt at lugging a couch down a set of stairs.  It’s a congruent conflation of “back to square one” and “starting from scratch” both meaning a starting place or at the beginning.   These phrases seem to be a continual source of confusion.  For example, I’ve posted “back to square zero” and “starting from ground one”  Both confuse the many phrases that describe a new beginning or starting over.  While a square is certainly not a zero, the mind might be mixing them.  One and zero are both numbers, and scratch and square are both similar in sound.  A tip of the hat to John Kooser for muttering this one and passing it on!


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