One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to refer vaguely to a person or thing that does not need to be specified.‘so many enterprises to be sold by such-and-such a date’
- ‘We all say we've read such-and-such a novel when we haven't.’
- ‘I'm always a little suspicious of such claims… and not just because it seems quite possible for someone to take an old piece of clothing and claim that so-and-so wore it in such-and-such a film.’
- ‘I would get rid of advertisements that suggest if you don't buy such-and-such a product your children won't be able to grow up healthy, or that when you reach a certain age some bad thing is going to happen to you.’
- ‘At the beginning of the broadcast, a voiceover made the announcement that So-and-So, who played such-and-such a character was off for a while, and that her mother was playing her character until she returned.’
- ‘How many times have you read that such-and-such a celebrity ‘does yoga’, and that it has ‘changed their life’?’
- ‘In a biography, one expects to be told that so-and-so first met his best friend at such-and-such a place.’
- ‘The principle is that I should be able to look along a shelf, get the idea that that run of books is mainly on such-and-such a topic, or by such-and-such an author, then have another book come to mind - and it's right there, next on the shelf.’
- ‘It always bothers me when someone asks me if I know such-and-such and I say, ‘no’ only to receive the reaction of disgust and disbelief.’
- ‘Astronomy, in comparison, makes explicit, specific predictions about what will occur in the sky on such-and-such a date, in such-and-such a place.’
- ‘As I met people, I started making notes to have such-and-such an actor come back to read for such-and-such a part.’
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