Discussion in 'English Only' started by rich7, Nov 20, 2006.
Why? in case the answer is "lie" just because the word "layout"...?????
The lie of the land (it can be used literally or metaphorically)
The lay of the land
In the US, it's the opposite:
the lay of the land
the lie of the land
I don't think it's necessarily related to "layout". It has to do with how "lay" and "lie" are used... but please don't ask me to get into that confusing topic.
I don't use this phrase, but both sound equally correct to my ear? The "lay of the land" might even sound a little more natural. I am not sure from a grammatical point of view though...
The lie of the land
The lay of the land (it can be used literally or metaphorically)
Well, in practice both are used.
Lay still has the larger following.
My dictionary has "lie of the land" but not "lay of the land". Idiomatic expressions get distorted over time, in the same way as a phrase passed down a line of EFL students comes out sounding very different from the phrase given by the teacher to the first student.
Separate names with a comma.