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Re: If it is so in your mind

Posted by Graham Cambray on February 14, 2009 at 02:46

In Reply to: Re: If it is so in your mind posted by ESC on February 14, 2009 at 01:57:

: : When I ask my husband if he wants to do something, he says "If it is so in your mind." Has anyone ever heard this phrase before?

: Nope. And what does he mean when he says that?

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I'm used to its close relation: "if you are so minded", meaning "if you want to" - or, in your husband's case, "if YOU want to", I would guess. There are lots (over 3000) of instances of this phrase if you google it, but rather fewer of your husband's wording (i.e. just two). But he's not alone, at least. The use seems to be perhaps a touch on the whimsical side, as in one of the two instances on the web: "If it is so in your mind to, I can posit the question to each of them and let you know what they would venture."

I couldn't find anything much like an origin, but "if you are so minded" turns up in translations of Homer, if that helps at all. (GC)