I wondered what the line of succession was.
You have nailed one of my favorite peeves with TV reporters. I will have to find a way to send this to Sue Herera (CNBC) and Hampton Pearson (CNBC). I can't count the times I hear myself say, involuntarily, "If you will what?" or the other ubiquitous idiom, " If you may what?";
My biggest peeve is the finger sign for quotes.
It's short for 'if you will permit me to speak frankly'. It makes perfect sense as an idiom.
…as it were.
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