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By the way

Posted by ESC on May 26, 2004

In Reply to: By the way posted by JC on May 26, 2004

: I've searched and cannot find the origin of the phrase "By the way". It's used so heavily that a search comes back with thousands of hits.

: Can anyone clue me in?

: Thanks...JC

I'm from the U.S. I've noticed that in British mysteries they sometimes say "any road" instead of "anyway." Which leads me to wonder if "way" in "by the way" means road.