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    jworley

    I hope that my comment and subsequent unrelated posts did not threadjack your post and interrupt further discussion on the matter thus leaving you w/o a suitable answer to your inquiry.

    I agree with my dear Xótchi, I have never heard it to mean that. Not saying they don't use it, but wouldn't say that it's very common either. If it were, chances are, I would have heard it before.
    In view of Vicente's misunderstanding—in lack of a better word—I'd like to clarify that the problem I had was not with the existence or use of the expression itself, but with the use of the qualifier very. For me, a very common expression is one that everyone knows at the snap of one's fingers w/o much thinking. I asked a couple of Am. friends if they have heard it and they said No, they haven't.

    Hence, I wouldn't go as far as to say it is a very common expression. I think it would be fair to say that—if anything— to boot is a somewhat common expression or a rather common expression as opossed to a very common expression.

    I'd like to add that you will be able to do the math yourself on whether it's very or somewhat common based on the entries you get here. So far, two haven't heard it before, and one claims that is very common. Let's hear what other's have to say, so that you can come to your own conclusion.

    However, your question was:
    Do you use the phrase "to boot" to mean, informally, "as well" or "in addition"?
    and the direct answer to it is: yes. Now, how often? That's another thing

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    Last edited by Cotty; 12-21-2011 at 09:40 PM.

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    I agree with my dear Xótchi, I have never heard it to mean that.

    "I'd like to clarify that the problem I had was not with the existence or use of the expression itself"

    "I asked a couple of Am. friends if they have heard it and they said No, they haven't."

    "Hence, I wouldn't go as far as to say it is a very common expression. I think it would be fair to say that—if anything— to boot is a somewhat common expression or a rather common expression as opossed to a very common expression."

    "However, your question was:


    Do you use the phrase "to boot" to mean, informally, "as well" or "in addition"?


    and the direct answer to it is: yes."


    The more you write the more you contradict yourself schoolmarm.

    If you and your friends have never heard of the expression how in the world can you say that the answer is yes to jworley's question? Incredible.

    Semantics aside, the phrase originated in Old English and is very common in the United States.

    Idiom
    4. to boot, in addition; besides: We received an extra week's pay to boot.
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    "I agree with my dear Xótchi, I have never heard it to mean that.


    "I'd like to clarify that the problem I had was not with the existence or use of the expression itself"

    "I asked a couple of Am. friends if they have heard it and they said No, they haven't."

    "Hence, I wouldn't go as far as to say it is a very common expression. I think it would be fair to say that—if anything— to boot is a somewhat common expression or a rather common expression as opossed to a very common expression."

    "However, your question was:


    Do you use the phrase "to boot" to mean, informally, "as well" or "in addition"?


    and the direct answer to it is: yes."


    The more you write the more you contradict yourself schoolmarm.

    If you and your friends have never heard of the expression how in the world can you say that the answer is yes to jworley's question? Incredible.

    Semantics aside, the phrase originated in Old English and is very common in the United States.

    Idiom
    4. to boot, in addition; besides: We received an extra week's pay to boot.
    vicente

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    Help!! Witch hunt!!

    If you and your friends have never heard of the expression how in the world can you say that the answer is yes to jworley's question?
    Because the fact that we don't use it doesn't mean that no one uses it. As I said before, I always research stuff before I make a comment. This expression is used in the US according to the American Free Dictionary. I also read your post before I posted mine.

    I just had a problem with your saying it was very common and I have explained why above.

    You edited and chopped up my comment. I said in my first post that

    Not saying they don't use it, but wouldn't say that it's very common either.
    It's Christmas...relax...don't you have any Christmas parties to go to?
    Last edited by Cotty; 12-21-2011 at 09:52 PM.

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    See, as I said in the other post, even when it is pointed out to you where you are wrong you still deny it.

    I could go on with this but you are obviously too self-righteous to accept anything I say.

    You are not only arrogant but condescending as well.
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    I rest my case. This is too boring and I don't want to keep threadjacking jwolrey's post. So, I'm outta here.

    People that read this can see that you want me to accept that this expression is very common just because you say so. I won't.

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    "I rest my case."



    Thank God!!
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    You bet!

    Dealing with nonsense has a limit. I am a fan of enriching discussion and exchanging points of view, but all you can do is call me every name in the book:

    ...schoolmarm...self-righteous... arrogant but condescending as well.
    I don't want to fall to such level.
    Last edited by Cotty; 12-21-2011 at 11:48 PM.

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    I never would have guessed that this innocent question would cause so much kerfuffle. "To boot" is used in the US to mean exactly what jworley wondered. I would expect people with a high school education to understand it without explanation.

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    Thanks for interrupting the storm in a tea-cup Scott!

    Quote Originally Posted by ScottJ View Post
    I would expect people with a high school education to understand it without explanation.
    Does this mean that it isn't a very widely used phrase?

    Is it a particularly "class" specific phrase?

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