The idiomatic phrase “case and point” is not often heard in conversation or seen in writing. However, sometimes it does appear. When it does, you should be aware that this idiom is simply a misspelling of another idiom and means the same as “case in point.” Here you will find the meaning of the proper spelling of “case in point” and some information on the origin of this phrase. You will also find examples of how to use the phrase properly, with the proper spelling, in conversations/statements and other ways to say this phrase while still conveying the same meaning.
Case And Point
Case And Point Meaning
The meaning of the idiomatic phrase “case in point” is a provided example by someone that supports their argument in some way.
Origin of this idiom
The phrase “case in point” and, by default, its misspelling “case and point,” is derived from the once shorter phrase “in point.” In French, the word pointe means a point in relevance to a situation at hand. The phrase was lengthened to “case in point” in 1647 and has been used this way ever since.
“Case And Point” Examples
Examples in Statements
A statement made by a celebrity to an entertainment magazine during an interview.
- “I believe my career has taken off and my acting has gotten better. Case in point: compare my most recent film to the first commercial I did as a child.”
A statement made by a politician about enacting new laws.
- “We need to enact a law that will protect homeowners from going to jail for shooting an intruder in their home. Case in point: A young man just went to jail for protecting his family from an intruder and this should not be happening.”
Examples in Conversations
A conversation between two friends.
- Friend 1: I think men with muscles are overrated.
- Friend 2: Really? I love a guy who is in shape and not afraid to show it.
- Friend 1: Muscles just look gross to me.
- Friend 2: Really? You think muscles are gross. Case in point: Dwayne Johnson.
- Friend 1: Okay. He isn’t bad for a guy with muscles.
A conversation between two students.
- Student 1: I don’t think we should have homework on the weekends.
- Student 2: Why not?
- Student 1: Because I have way too much to do on the weekends. Case in point: this weekend I have to mow the lawn, weed the yard, clean my room and get it all done before my date.
Other Ways to Say “Case And (In) Point”
There are many ways to say “case and (in) point.” Some other ways you can say this and still convey the same meaning include:
- For example
- For instance
- Allow me to illustrate
- Good illustration
- Example of this