Posted by Fred on January 06, 2005

In Reply to: Persay? posted by R. Berg on January 05, 2005

: : : : I heard that this phrase came from an insurance "scam" persay. That when farms would be failing, the patriarch of the family would commit suicide so that the insurance would pay off the farm for his family. I had also heard that it dated earlier than that. That before insurance the mortgage would be forgiven by the bank if the owner died.

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: : : Stick the phrase into the box up top, under the legend "Search this site." Lots of good answers. SS

: : Persay? That's ... uh ... interesting. I had a colleague who wrote me a note once telling me how something could happen if we step one, step two, "and Wala!" Classic.

: I've seen "persay" before, Bob. It gets worse. Some people think "moreso" is a word. Makes me want to grab some tool to pry the components apart.

Your examples remind me of "It's a doggie-dog world," which I saw on a student's paper.