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Re: "Do I Ever"

Posted by Smokey Stover on December 04, 2006

In Reply to: Re: "Do I Ever" posted by R. Berg on December 04, 2006

: : I have just found out "Do I Ever" what does it mean?

: Yes! Absolutely! I certainly do! (It's an emphatic way of agreeing with a statement about oneself or anwering a question about what one does.) ~rb

Although Ms. Berg's answer is clear and correct, I thought she might like the affirmation in the OED, s.v. ever, adv. "f. Used as a colloquial intensive, usu. to emphasize an exclamation. (Cf. sense 8d.) Chiefly N. Amer.
1934 F. PICKERSGILL Let. 29 May II. 9 Was I ever glad to get off the beastly boat! 1945 S. LEWIS Cass Timberlane vii. 46, I thought they were all so nice, and oh boy! are they ever learned! Ibid. xvi. 91 You're damn tootin'... Are we ever! Oh boy, I'll say we are! 1949 Canadian Forum Aug. 113/2 Do you remember it George?..Do I ever!"
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