One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Incidentally (used to introduce a minor topic not connected with what was being spoken about previously)‘by the way, pay in advance if you can’
incidentally, by the by, in passing, en passantView synonyms
- ‘The current process, by the way, has been in place more or less unchanged for over fourteen hundred years.’
- ‘Did you know, by the way, that Portugal is the world's largest producer of cork?’
- ‘Check out his blog by the way - it was always good and keeps getting better.’
- ‘Thursday, by the way, is also the day that our new kitchen gets delivered.’
- ‘By the way, have you ever noticed that doctors in hospitals tend to talk about you to their medical students as though you don't even exist?’
- ‘You should really read your employer's policies on discrimination against gay men, by the way.’
- ‘Thanks for your kind thoughts and e-mails, by the way, they're very much appreciated.’
- ‘The physical design and layout of the book, by the way, are as good as they possibly could be, given its great length.’
- ‘The report she quotes, by the way, is available through this site, but only if you're prepared to pay for it.’
- ‘Anyone with an interest in how it all worked should have a look at this morning's Washington Post, by the way.’
2During the course of a journey.‘you will have a fine view of Moray Firth by the way’
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