Date: Thu, 20 Jul 1995 18:44:36 +0000 From: John Kirk Subject: Re: "at the end of the day" Alan, "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. Best wishes, John Kirk ============================================================================== John M. Kirk School of English The Queen's University of Belfast Email: J.M.Kirk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (used to be eng0997[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Fax: (+44) 1232 314615 Phone: (+44) 1232 245133, Ext 3815 ============================================================================ =