Having a Think About ‘Another Think/Thing Coming’

You may notice that some say “you have/have another coming” while others say “you have/have another coming.” Both expressions are used to tell a person that they have made a mistake and should consider changing their mind.

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Read about a sick Judas Priest reference.

If he thinks I’m going to sit and cry for him, he’s got something else going on. I can live without him, I can do well without him—but I don’t want to lose. — Paula Hawkins, The Girl On The Train2015

If anyone thinks that any part of St. John before Iona during the Holiday Festival… was forgettable, then the losing coach wanted to tell them they had another thing coming up. Tim Cluess said, “Our boys will have memories of playing here for the rest of their lives.” — Mark Hermann, New Day (New York), December 18, 2017

The neighbors thought that when Mr. Radley followed Boo he would show up, but they had a different thought: Boo’s brother returned from Pensacola and took Mr. Radley’s place. —HarperLee, To Kill a Mockingbird1960

If you thought the musical version of “Peter Pan” was just for kids, you have a different thought. It is for everyone who believes in magic—even a little—because the production of Palo Alto Players… is truly magic for anyone between the ages of 3 and 93. — Joanne Engelhardt, Chico (California) Enterprise-RecordNovember 10, 2017

Uses think think the users thing there is another thought coming if they think they are right to use thing-and vice versa. Here’s where we might lose some friends: we don’t think there’s any reason to criticize other people’s usage. Correct, thing is pointless here, making the user “think” wonder what exactly will happen, but think also leaves users of “thing” unfamiliar with the noun (which actually dates back to the early 19th century and refers to an act of thought) to wonder if the statement is grammatically correct.

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We must say that those who question nouns think probably American English speakers, as it is commonly used in British English.

Take the first week of the Christmas break to think. If the prospect of going back to college in January still doesn’t appeal to you or scares you, it may be time to consider it. — Sir Anthony Seldon, quoted in walkie talkieNovember 17, 2016

The noun eventually spread to American English, and in the mid-19th century it became grounded in the phrase “another think coming.”

“Oh my god, Ned!” he cried. “I believe I have it.” “What – a seasick?” “No, but these empty seats – the people we’ve seen you know – they belong there and they’re afraid to go out and get caught.” “Why should they be – if they weren’t Fogers. I guess you’ve got another mindset coming.” “Well, I’m sure there’s something mysterious about those two – the way they hide their faces when they board the train – that don’t show up for dinner – I’ll keep an eye on it.” — Jane G. Austin, outpost1867

“Another thing came” days later, which shows that thing is an egg think. It probably stems from speech with a misinterpretation of the “k” in think as “c” in are comingleaving something suspicious sounding like “what’s about to happen”.

Semantically, the noun think more suitable thing: you think something and express your thoughts; then someone thinks you are wrong in your thinking and asks you to rethink. (Note the symmetry think bring.) But in fact the word thing much more familiar and it’s trending with millennials (and US presidents) who use the phrase. If that trend continues, “another mindset is coming” could also become an archaism. But this is not surprising: in the 1980s, British metal band Judas Priest was thing a big boost when they wrote the lyrics for the hit “You’ve Got Another Thing Comin’.” But of course they are no strangers to breaking the law.

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Another thought is coming is the older of the two, dating from the mid-19th century and of British English origin. Another thing is coming seems to have appeared in American English several decades later, possibly as a result of confusion over the original phrase. Others is the more recent variation of the phrase and is now more popular, although it is frequently criticized.

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