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And really they're the most unemotional and matter-of-fact couple I ever saw.

"I married your son this morning," she said in a matter-of-fact tone.

"And, while the two of you were talking," Demarest continued in a matter-of-fact manner.

Her tones as she spoke were quite as matter-of-fact as his own had been.

"They needed 'er theirselves," explained the mate in a matter-of-fact way.

"There is no use going into all that," Meg answered in a cheerful, matter-of-fact tone.

This unexpected and matter-of-fact query was variously received.

“Of course I will, Harvey,” responded the operator in a matter-of-fact way.

“Now, Marmo, out with all the trouble and let us share it,” said matter-of-fact Cal.

"To some extent," the Colonel replied, in the most matter-of-fact manner.

WORD ORIGIN

also matter of fact, 1570s as a noun, originally a legal term (translating Latin res facti), "that portion of an enquiry concerned with the truth or falsehood of alleged facts," opposed to matter of law. As an adjective from 1712. Meaning "prosaic, unimaginative" is from 1787. Related: Matter-of-factly; matter-of-factness. German Tatsache is said to be a loan-translation of the English word.

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