"It says here"

Paul Ivsin paul at IMPLICATURE.COM
Thu Aug 16 15:45:38 UTC 2001

Can "it says here" be used to mean "I predict" or "it stands to reason"?

Is this a regional expression?  Only in sports?  The context of the two
examples below make it clear that "it" does not have a concrete referent
(that is, there is no written text being read).

1. Another player who looks like a keeper is quarterback Mike McMahon. If
Charlie Batch doesn't stay healthy, it says here McMahon will be the Lions'
starting quarterback by November 2002.


2. You won't hear anything official from the Stars, but it says here the
decision to keep Turek has been made. All logic points in that direction.



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