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This is a question, if ever you saw one.

Asked by rebbel (31549points) November 12th, 2011

And the question is about the last part of the sentence, namely: if ever you saw one.
I (think I) know how and/or when to use it, but I don’t know what it means.
Do you?
And where/when did it originate?

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JLeslie's avatar

I use this phrase. It’s to emphasize your point. Your example, “this is a question of you ever saw one,” is basically like saying the question is a doozy, or cannot be mistaken for something else.

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

I have heard it used to imply the item under discussion is a prime example of the type.

You might say to a friend in conversation, describing an attractive woman, “That woman was pretty.”

If the woman is the prettiest woman you have seen in a long time, you may say, “Now, that was a pretty girl, if ever you saw one.”

I more often hear it phrased using “I” rather than “you”. Perhaps it is local to my area: “Now that was a meal, if I ever had one.” would be a way to compliment a chef.

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CWOTUS's avatar

If I’ve told you once, I’ve told you a thousand times: it’s hyperbole.

zensky's avatar

It’s quite self-explanatory, nyet? If ever I saw one… ever being the key word. Makes it so special – ever, forever…

Roberta Flack sang The first time ever I saw your face.

And what TAFKAC said.

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