Posted by Lewis on June 18, 2004
In Reply to: Re: Another think coming posted by R. Berg on June 16, 2004
: : : : There is a row several other forums (Again, perhaps all those people are these people here.) about "another thing coming vs. another think coming. Any comments? Oh! Wait! I remembered to do a search and found this forum has had a row about this subject a few times. So, let me rephrase, any additional comments?
: : : In my (Irish) experience the saying is: 'If you think THAT you have another think coming!'
: : I don't know which came first. I thought it was "You've got another thing coming." And "think" was a comic variation.
: I thought we established, when the question came up before, that it was "think" and that "thing" was a mishearing.
I had only ever heard "another thing coming" - but if you run the words together you have "another thin-gc-oming" which is virtually indistinguishable from "think coming".
I suppose that if the extended phrase were "If you think that, you have another think coming" then think would make sense, whereas if the expression is "another x coming" x=thing is much more probable.