I often wondered about this linguistic crutch that people use to give themselves a moment to think of something clever to say. "Here's the thing" is definitely that.
So, just a moment ago I was pondering that phrase and suddenly I wondered, "Where's the Thing?"
And so, here's the Volkswagon "Thing". A production car I remembered from my childhood that had a brief run in the United States during the second Nixon term. It so clearly was a terrible "thing" that few people bought it.
But, it IS a "thing".
Does anyone else remember the "Thing"?