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Posted by Miri Barak on February 04, 2004

In Reply to: Expressions posted by R. Berg on February 04, 2004

: : Dear friends
: : can you give possible meaning for the expression:

: : contectx: orderlies are turning over a patient with back problem
: : "there we go"

: : a mother says to a crying daughter after she wakes up from an anaesthesia
: : "there you go"

: : las: "oh my word, yes. it'll be the sweetest thing that ever happened to me" says a man waiting for an operation to relieve him from pain.
: : and of couse the question is "oh my word"

: : Thank you very much

: "There you go" and "My word" aren't easy to explain. Neither of them makes sense if taken literally, but both are common.

: "There you go" is informal. It's said by a person fulfilling another's request for something. A: "Pass the salt, please." B, handing salt: "There you go." The phrase connotes closure or satisfaction for the listener; for example, A, who wanted salt, now has it.

: "There you go" may be descended historically from "There you are," which would also fit the salt-passing scene and is a little more formal.

: It can also be used as a way of remarking that someone's desire for something intangible is or will be fulfilled. A: "I don't know how to dress for the costume party. The guests were told to come as somebody famous." B: "Well, who comes to mind?" A: "Oh, maybe Shakespeare." B: "THERE you go!" B means that Shakespeare meets the requirement; dressing as Shakespeare will do.

: Orderlies turning over a patient might say "we" in line with the practice of medical personnel who use "we" instead of "you" when addressing a patient, or their "we" might refer to their group. In the latter case, they'd be noting that the group has successfully completed its task.

: There's another "There you go," not to be confused with the one you asked about. A: "Can you make a phone call for me?" B, who is angry: "There you go" (or "There you go again"), "expecting me to do you a favor."

: "Oh, my word" is equivalent to "Oh, my goodness." It's like swearing, but much milder.

Thank you Berg
I think I've got the feeling of it.