I never have figured it out. Why do some people use "anyway", while some use "anyways"? I use "anyway", and hearing the one with an "s" on the end just sounds weird to me.
I wonder if the same people who say "anyways" also say "Wal-mart's" instead just plain old "Wal-Mart", since the latter is what's actually on the building.
Damaeus
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I never have figured it out. Why do some people use "anyway", while some use "anyways"? I use "anyway", and ... say "anyways" also say "Wal-mart's" instead just plain old "Wal-Mart", since the latter is what's actually on the building. Damaeus

I hate this one: "It's a long ways off".

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I never have figured it out. Why do some people use "anyway", while some use "anyways"? I use "anyway", and hearing the one with an "s" on the end just sounds weird to me.

I often say anyways, but since I'm 8, I've always considered it a colloquialism, or whatever I used for colloquialism before I knoew that word.
I also say Howdy, which is not incorrect, but it's all part of my effort to sound like a cowboy.
I wonder if the same people who say "anyways" also say "Wal-mart's" instead just plain old "Wal-Mart", since the latter is what's actually on the building.

Probably.
Damaeus

Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are asking questions. I was born and then lived in Western Pa. 10 years
Indianapolis 7 years
Chicago 6 years
Brooklyn, NY 12 years
Baltimore 26 years
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I never have figured it out. Why do some people ... an "s" on the end just sounds weird to me.

I often say anyways, but since I'm 8, Posters should say where they live, and for which area they are ... in Western Pa. 10 years Indianapolis 7 years Chicago 6 years Brooklyn, NY 12 years Baltimore 26 years

You're "8" and you've lived in all those places? Or are you 61, but only look like you're eight? I'm okay with that, for I look forward to doing the same thing. I'm almost 40, but hope to look about six years old by
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I've always considered it a colloquialism, or whatever I used for colloquialism before I knoew that word. I also say Howdy, which is not incorrect, but it's all part of my effort to sound like a cowboy.

I sometimes say "howdeh", but I don't normally sound like a cowboy, anyway. I just use it as a greeting, and as an alternative to "hey".

Damaeus
I never have figured it out. Why do some people use "anyway", while some use "anyways"?

I think it's left-pondian with the s.

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I never have figured it out. Why do some people use "anyway", while some use "anyways"?

I think it's left-pondian with the s.

Not everywhere over here in the states. I've never even left North America, and I don't say "anyways". Tom Wopat said "anyways" on an episode of /The Dukes of Hazzard/. lol
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You're "8" and you've lived in all those places?

I've always been even more amazed that he was born in all of them.

Honestly, every time I read that signature, even taking into account that Western PA is first on the list, I wonder again whether English is his first language or not.
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I think it's left-pondian with the s.

Not everywhere over here in the states. I've never even left North America, and I don't say "anyways".

I don't think that was his point, though it was that whilst both forms exist in left-pondia, the pluralised form isn't (AFAIAA) found at all in right-pondia.

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On 05 Mar 2010, Damaeus wrote

Not everywhere over here in the states. I've never even left North America, and I don't say "anyways".

I don't think that was his point, though it was that whilst both forms exist in left-pondia, the pluralised form isn't (AFAIAA) found at all in right-pondia.

"Anyways up, I were sayin' as 'ow..." is not unknown in NW England.
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