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  •  I will have to remember that "as if" suggestion (3+ / 0-)

    for future discussions on the subject.  :)

    You're absolutely right, of course, that most people today use it without thinking.  But that's true of most figures of speech that make it into common parlance; how many people think about a ship's lookout reporting that no enemy vessels or other obstacles are in sight when they use the phrase "the coast is clear"?

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