cast in stone vs cast in concrete, carved in stone : Common Errors in English

About cast in stone vs cast in concrete, carved in stone

People expressing flexibility say that their ideas or rules are “not cast in concrete,” meaning they have not hardened into rigidity. You cast concrete in a mold by pouring it in and letting it set; so the expression can also be “not set in concrete.”A similar expression is “not carved in stone” (like the Ten Commandments).People frequently mix these two expressions up and say things like “It’s not cast in stone.” They may be influenced by the unrelated Christian saying, “Don’t cast [throw] the first stone.”

cast in stone in News

  1. For AT&T MLS All-Star Game coach Peter Vermes, injuries and Gold Cup absences mean roster changes likely

    The 2013 MLS All-Star roster is out, but is it cast in stone? Hardly. Between Gold Cup duty and injuries, the team announced Monday by manager Peter Vermes could change significantly before the match against AS Roma on July 31 at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
    on July 16, 2013 Source: Major League Soccer

  2. All-Star: For coach Peter Vermes, injuries and Gold Cup absences mean roster changes likely

    The 2013 MLS All-Star roster is out, but is it cast in stone?
    on July 15, 2013 Source: MLS via Yahoo! Sports

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