Date: Fri, 24 May 1996 16:56:08 -0500 From: "Kathleen M. O'Neill" Subject: Re: "I was about to say" Suzanne spake thusly: >My working hypothesis, if one can even term it that, is that it is a >gesture of either: > >1) informing the conversation partner that you had had the same thought >they have just expressed > >2) a general statement of sympathy with the sentiments the conversation >partner had just expressed Actually, I (and many others I've heard) have at least one more use for it. Speaker A makes a statement which is either intentionally or unintentionally misleading, then clarifies intended meaning. Speaker B responds with a hearty, "I was about to say...!" For example: A: I'm spending the weekend at the beach. B: You are? (Thinking it's a little cold yet in Chicago for the beach.) A: Yes. In Cozumel. (wry grin) B: OH! I was about to say...! Never mind that it's not a likely scenario. I'm allowed to dream if I want to. ;) And have a great Memorial Day weekend, all! =^] ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ;Kathleen M. O'Neill ... Language Laboratory Technician I ; ;koneil1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ... u55354[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] ; ;:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::; ;University of Illinois at Chicago ... Language Laboratory ; ;703 South Morgan Street (M/C 042) ... Grant Hall, Room 311 ; ;Chicago, IL 60607-7025 ; ;312.996.8838 or 312.996.8836 ... 312.996.5501 FAX ; ;URL: ; ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;