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Guest:Can anyone tell me the meaning of "per say"? Please put it in a sentence also if you guys don't mind.
This is Latin and means "in itself" or "with reference to itself"; in other words you're talking specifically about the subject in question and not about things related to the subject.
"Guns aren't dangerous, per se, however some of the gun owners are."
Just saying thanks in recognition that another poor sap got some clarity at 5 am by reading your response to this question. Thanks!
Guest:I was just about to spell the term incorrectly in an email at work ( as "pur say"). Thanks for clarifying it.
Guest:Ditto, I was about to use it as well and it doesn't really show up in dictionaries, so thanks again... first google per say and what do you know! There we go
Thanks heaps guys, keep up the great work with forums such as these
Gareth L from Auckland, New Zealand
Guest:Same here. I was just typing up a post for my guild and didn't know exactly what it meant, so I Google'd for "Per say" and this was the first thing I saw.
Sad part is that I actually took three levels worth of Latin classes and I didn't know that. Go figure. Hahahah
Thanks a bunch!!
-Adam C, Louisiana
Guest:Is per say ever correct to use? If so, how do you know whether to use per say, or per se?
Guest:Haha, and i googled it also. thank goodness for people with good grammer!!
and English teachers for that matter.
GuestHaha, and i googled it also. thank goodness for people with good grammer!!
The correct spelling is grammar. And for those thinking this is ironic, it's not.
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