Date: Thu, 20 Jul 1995 18:44:36 +0000
From: John Kirk jkirk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CLIO.ARTS.QUB.AC.UK
Subject: Re: "at the end of the day"
"At the end of the day" is very widespread here in Belfast - everyone from
politician to plumber seems to use in expressing their point of view about
what might ultimately happen:
At the end of the day we all want to live in peace.
Or it might express an ultimate inference or conclusion:
At the end of the day it all comes down to money.
On some occasions, though, it has a pragmatic function: either to seek
immediate agreement or to avoid addressing the present or the immediate -
as none of us can really know what will happen at the end of the day - so
your view is as good as mine right now.
Sp Philip Hiscock is right in pointing its use back to Britain. I'm sure if
you logged onto COBUILD direct on-line you'd come up with many examples
from their 215 million words (!) monitor corpus.
John M. Kirk
School of English
The Queen's University of Belfast
Email: J.M.Kirk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]qub.ac.uk (used to be eng0997[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]qub.ac.uk)
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