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December 27, 2007



Suffice it to say! I've never heard it the other way. It rubs me the wrong way, just like "come to find out", my least favorite expression!


I vote for "suffice to say" - clear, succinct and to the point. The addition of "it" just seems cluttered.

I will not go to see "Alvin & the Chipmunks" so the balance of the universe is preserved. I hated those stupid records when I was a kid, and I see no reason to start liking them now. Plus, I'd prefer to continue watching "My Name is Earl" without seeing Jason Lee interacting with rodents in my head!


I've always heard suffice it to say


I am delighted to not have to see movies like that any longer. My family and I watched Joyeux Noel on Christmas Eve; it was a fabulous film, although the song dubbing was a bit suspect. My husband didn't like the subtitles much though; since he doesn't understand French or German, it was a necessity however, SUFFICE IT TO SAY. I do not like the first option; it sounds like something is missing.


Suffice it to say that "suffice to say" is insufficient.

In other news, I'd rather have tenpenny nails driven into my eyes than to see "Alvin and the Chipmunks" in the theatre. But there, I have the advantage: My children are grown.


Hey now, I hunted down "Around The World with the Chipmunks" as one of my very first eBay purchases several years ago. We kids loved it. But I always felt so bad for Dave Seville...why didn't he just squoosh Alvin under his wingtips? Alvin obviously had Oppositional-Defiant Disorder.

Anywho, I've nearly always heard "suffice it to say." Makes sense--it's a verb. I'd thing "suffice to say" should really be "sufficient [adj.] to say."

Then again, why is it "suffice it"? Is "suffice" really a transitive verb? I.e., why would it take "it" as an object? Now I'm kind of doubting it's a transitive verb.

Thank you for tuning in to another episode of "Word Weenie." Good night.


Yup, "suffice it to say", probably based on familiarity, not necessarily correct "grammar-ability". And OMG I'm so glad I don't have to deal with the likes of Alvin and the Chipmunks type of movie anymore! There are definitely bonuses to having an ONLY child who is now 21!

Bonnie Jacobs

I have never heard "suffice to say" ... only "suffice it to say." Why this construction? I don't know.


Suffice it to say, I have never even considered getting rid of the "it."

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