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  1. Newbie
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    #1

    by the way

    A frend of mine told me that "by the way" doesn't mean just "oh! excuse me, I forgot" but strengthens on a compulsory / nasty side with what is coming after ?

    Example : "you can go out boozing. By the way, did you refurbish the car before ?"

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    #2

    Re: by the way

    It can be used the way you say. It is often used to preface a piece of sarcasm, but that doesn't mean you can't use it any other way.

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    #3

    Re: by the way

    Yes. By the way is generally not used sarcastically or ironically. But as you point out, it can be.

    by the way = that reminds me = incidentally

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    #4

    Re: by the way

    Thanks to both of you.

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