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If I`ve heard it once......

Posted by Fred on March 07, 2004

In Reply to: If I`ve heard it once...... posted by VAL on March 07, 2004

: I am probably very thick but I can`t really see the point of the saying "If I`ve heard it once I`ve heard it a hundred times." I do realise the meaning behind it, but it still doesn`t make much sense to me. Anyone feel the same?

The expression you refer to is similar to this one: 'She's fifty years old if she is
a day old.' Anyone who says this does not mean that being fifty follows
from being a day old. The speaker is using the sentence to emphasize the
claim that she is fifty. Likewise, one who says 'If I've heard it once ...' is
emphasizing the claim that what is being heard is tiresome.