Date: Thu, 20 Jul 1995 14:50:47 -0230 From: "Philip Hiscock, MUN Folklore & Language Archive" Subject: End of the day Allan Metcalf has asked about the phrase "at the end of the day" which has achieved some currency in the States lately and which means the same as "finally" or "after all is said and done." I am in Newfoundland, in eastern Canada, and I first heard the phrase from a man I used to meet at local, work-related meetings in the early 1980s -- about 1981, I would guess. He was in his early fifties at the time and came from the West of England, from Poole, I think. He had recently emigrated from England to Canada and I assumed at the time he'd brought it with him. It was a phrase that stuck out of his speech like a broken thumb; he was an otherwise careful speaker with some graduate degree, who frequently used the phrase in what seemed like a fashionable, for-lack-of-a-better- word kind of way. I figured at the time it was in current use in Britain and through the '80s I did notice British politicians using it on the news, and British scholars using it in their speech. Canadian politicians and journalists use it now, too. -Philip Hiscock philiph[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]