Posted by RRC on July 28, 2006
In Reply to: If if's and buts were candy and nuts........ posted by RRC on July 28, 2006
: : if's and buts where apples and nuts........
: : can you finish the phrase and do you know it's origins and purpose
"If "ifs" and "buts" were candy and nuts, wouldn't it be a Merry Christmas?" seems to be attributed to Don Meredith (the American football player/commentator). To rephrase it: if all these reasons why we can't do something were party foods instead of words, we could have a really great party.
It would seem to be patterned after "If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride" and "If I had a 'coin' for every 'something', I'd have 'a lot of money'" (insert your favorite coin, something and amount of money).