Posted by TheFallen on January 07, 2005
In Reply to: On track/untracked posted by SR on January 06, 2005
: : : : : : : : : I heard that this phrase came from an insurance "scam" persay. That when farms would be failing, the patriarch of the family would commit suicide so that the insurance would pay off the farm for his family. I had also heard that it dated earlier than that. That before insurance the mortgage would be forgiven by the bank if the owner died.
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: : : : : : : : Stick the phrase into the box up top, under the legend "Search this site." Lots of good answers. SS
: : : : : : : Persay? That's ... uh ... interesting. I had a colleague who wrote me a note once telling me how something could happen if we step one, step two, "and Wala!" Classic.
: : : : : : I've seen "persay" before, Bob. It gets worse. Some people think "moreso" is a word. Makes me want to grab some tool to pry the components apart.
: : : : : Your examples remind me of "It's a doggie-dog world," which I saw on a student's paper.
: : : : Were you snooping at the paper?
: : : Bob -- very good.
: : It must have been the anti-l@tin police that changed 'per se' into that.
: : almost Mondegreens.
: : L
: I recently heard two announcers on the same sports broadcast. One said that the quarterback will play better once he gets "untracked." The other agreed saying that he certainly needs to get "on track" if his team is to win.
I wouldn't mind an OED check on the permissibility of "moreso", which I'd instinctively be prone to use. Mind you, I'm also the guy who'd be prone to use sobeit, farbeit and albeit...