say-so

Definitions

  • If you want them, say so
    If you want them, say so
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n say-so the power or right to give orders or make decisions "he has the authority to issue warrants","deputies are given authorization to make arrests","a place of potency in the state"
    • n say-so an authoritative declaration
    • n say-so one chap's arbitrary assertion
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Calvin Coolidge, was so famous for saying so little that a White House dinner guest made a bet that she could get him to say more than two words. She told the president of her wager. His reply: "You lose."
    • n say-so A saying or assertion; especially, an authoritative declaration; a command.
    • n say-so A personal assertion; an expression of individual opinion; hence, mere report; rumor.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cows are incapable of putting their lips together to make sounds like humans, so they are actually saying "OOOOO" instead of "Moo."
    • Say-so an authoritative declaration: a rumour, a mere report
    • ***

Quotations

  • Maxwell Maltz
    Maxwell%20Maltz
    “We are injured and hurt emotionally, Not so much by other people or what they say and don't say, But by our own attitude and our own response.”
  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath
    “dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    Robert%20Louis%20Stevenson
    “So long as we are loved by others I should say that we are almost indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “God gave us two ears and one mouth, so we can hear twice as much as we say.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “To be a successful hostess, when guest arrive say, At last! and when they leave say, So soon!”
  • Mal Pancoast
    Mal%20Pancoast
    “It takes only one other person to say it's so-one other point of reality to make something real.”

Idioms

Say-so - If you do something on someone else's say-so, you do it on the authority, advice or recommendation.
***

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. secgan (sægde, gesægd); Ice. segja, Ger. sagen.

Usage

In literature:

I'm still ready to act when you say so, and mostly without question.
"The Heart of Unaga" by Ridgwell Cullum
Everywhere I go, they say so significantly: 'We hear you had a very gay time the other night!
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann
Gail would say so too, if she was here.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
You have no reason to say so, and it is a terrible thing to say.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
She didn't say so, but she wouldn't let me read my mythology in the house at least, aloud.
"The Heart of Arethusa" by Francis Barton Fox
You must not be surprised at my saying so, though it sounds uncivil.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Father Laxabon says so.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
Who would have believed, an hour ago, that I should now say so?
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
If we intend to say we will do nothing, let us say so plainly, and not by indirection.
"A Report of the Debates and Proceedings in the Secret Sessions of the Conference Convention" by Lucius Eugene Chittenden
We begin with the end, if I may say so, and the highest truth is the first truth that we learn.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
***

In poetry:

So, when our life is clouded o’er,
And storm winds drift us from the shore,
Say, lest we sink to rise no more,
“Peace, be still.”
"Fierce raged the tempest o’er the deep" by Godfrey Thring

Father heard his Children scream,
So he threw them in the stream,
Saying, as he drowned the third,
"Children should be seen, not heard!"
"The Stern Parent" by Harry Graham
And when the child in shocked dismay
Fled from the hated husband's care
He caught and tied her, so they say,
Down to his bedside by her hair.
"Story Of Lilavanti" by Laurence Hope
Well they say what you don't know won't hurt you
And I believe that it's so
So don't tell me that you found someone new
To go thru life with you
"Because I Love You" by Buddy Holly
My voice that sounds so gaily
Will be too far away
For you to see across your dream
The charging and the bayonet's gleam,
Or hear the words I say.
"To My Sister" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
'T was but love's dazzled eyes--I say--
That made her seem so strangely bright;
The face I worshipped yesternight,
I dread to meet it changed to-day.
"Too Late" by John Hay

In news:

"He would say, 'Richard, there was an Ark , and so shall it be, now build it as your new church'," Greene says.
Another possible factor may be the number of atheists within organized efforts by American atheist groups to encourage those who do not believe in God to say so publicly.
I'm deciding to break my personal (always-subject-to-change-when-my-editor-says-so) no-realignment-news rule just this once.
"I was about 12, in 1954 or so, and I grew up on a farm on Sunrise Road, so I knew all about barns ," says McPhail, a retired US Customs inspector.
Just because he says so.
Naval Base Ventura County held a bittersweet ceremony this week to say so long to a battalion .
Family members say Garay appears to be in no pain when she bleeds and they say the hospital doesn't know why she's bleeding and so abuse is assumed.
Irondale Café has been around for 84 years, so it's safe to say their Buttermilk Pie must be good to remain on the menu for so long.
Conservative partisans will say so.
We do not post anything to your wall unless you say so.
It's a meal that says so much about tradition and family.
I can't say I came up the the comparison to Fast and Furious, though I can say it's so obvious that you'd think the Obama administration would have recognized it.
Our great nation pioneered the fast food game, and judging from a new report from The Temkin Group we are doing a great job at it, if we do say so ourselves.
Poor data center management is causing lots of it, and the story says so.
Saying so long to The Guardsman .
***

In science:

The main problem is that states of quantum gravity should be coordinate invariant, so it is hard to see how to say that some state is confined to a radius R or has this size.
Defining Entropy Bounds
We abstract this by saying a simple algebraic duality of K , L is a chain nullhomotopy of the corresponding composition, so that the induced lift is a simple equivalence.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
It stamps each outcome, so to say, with a real number.
Monte Carlo: Basics
So, one would be tempted to say that, to obtain this kind of information, renormalization is superfluous.
Exact Renormalization of Massless QED2
Of course, if G is countable, the σ -field we use (without explicitly saying so) is the set of all subsets of G; and if G is the real line, we take the Borel σ -field on the line.
Random walks in random environment: What a single trajectory tells
***