Date: Wed, 14 Jan 1998 21:58:28 -0600 From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: "as best as I can remember" Jerry Cohen wrote on January 8: > I believe the construction almost certainly originated as a syntactic >blend--a good example of which is "time and again," blended from "time >after time" and "again and again." In the case of "as best as I can >remember," let's leave off "remember" for the moment and operate with the >following context: "I'll do it as well as I can" and "I'll do it to the >best of my ability." These two can blend to produce "I'll do it as best as >I can." With "as best as" now interchangeable with "as well as" (in this >initial context), its use was extended to other contexts, e.g. "as best as >I can remember." ............................ (1) I'll do it as well as I can. (2) I'll do it the best I can. (from ...the best way I can) These two got blended. Jerry, you may not say (2), but I do, and I suspect others do too. DMLance