I've only heard the phrase "so to speak" and know that this is correct but my tutor often says "so to say". My private English teacher, an American said that he has never heard of "so to say". Is this british? When is it used?

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Hello Anon

"So to say" is synonymous to "so to speak. I dno't think it's particularly BrE.
"…is so to speak/say a" site:UK 118/24, site:edu(US) 212/85

Once in a very great while I hear "so to say".
In my experience, "so to speak" is much, much more usual.

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what exactly does "so to speak" mean anyways? and in what context do you use it ?
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Dear friends,

I have not heard «so to say». Yet we may say «if I may say so». It is most interesting.

I have also seen «sort to speak». But it is an error, I think. Emotion: smile

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Necromancy at it's worst.

I was just questioning this because I've always say "Sort of speak," instead of "so to speak."

I've heard it both ways, so I am curious. What is the correct way of saying it? Both seem to be relevant.
'Sort of speak' doesn't exist in English, and I've never seen or heard 'so to say' used by anyone but a non-native speaker of English. (I am a native speaker.) Hope this helps.
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