what say you

a question asked mostly by radio/tv personality/talk-show host bill o’reilly. it means, “what do you think?” or “what are your feelings on the subject?” variation: what say ye?
bill o’reilly to caller: “what say you?”
caller: “i say you’re full of sh-t, bill!”
an archaic english phrase that is still used in a legal and governmental context. it is used to ask for a verdict or a vote.

this phrase is sometimes used in everyday conversation with the same meaning – usually with the intent of seeming formal, stylish, or unusual.
speaker of the house: “representative from ohio, what say you? yah or nay”
representative: “nay”
just another way to say “what do you think?”
i’m thinking of going to the mall later. what say you?

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