dawn and i were doing some work at the table. she said,
'what would have made my dream even better would have been
if saruman had had a long southern drawl,
but as it were -
hey! i actually got the chance to use that phrase in a real sentence!'
'think it'd be, "as it was", dawn.'
'what? no! you go look it up in the books. it's what the hobbits used all the time.
but anyways, as it were, he only bought you flowers and
had a crush on you.'