"That being..."

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Jun 30 04:10:59 UTC 2006

At 11:04 PM -0400 6/29/06, sagehen wrote:
>  >Bob Ney, a congressman from Ohio knee-deep in Abramoffgate, just lost
>>his three top staffers to resignations. He tried to put a brave face
>>on it in his press release:
>>...I wish them well as they pursue their individual career paths.
>>That being, I am very proud to say that I have recently promoted
>>another longtime staffer...
>>Is anyone familiar with "That being..." as an elliptical form for
>>"That being said..."? It's a bit hard to search for, but here are a
>>few other examples:
>>As the title suggests it's all about first impressions. That being, I
>>reserve the right to change my mind.
>>I am a fan of all Nance's Children of the Greek Gods series, The
>>Seeker being my absolutely fav. I would leave my hubby for Hugh. But
>>that being, I think Nance really needs to go with this futuristic
>>I first off want to say that I use to watch this show everyday. I grew
>>up with it, it was one of my favorite shows to watch. But that being,
>>I know I have seen every episode of this show.
>  >--Ben Zimmer
>  A little like the incomplete "as far as."
>  Could be: that being so, that being the case, that being understood, &c.
>I've never heard or seen it before now.

I hadn't either, but I like it.  I think I'll try perpetrating "Be
that, ..." (with the "as it may" elided)


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