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macconermaoile24 Nov 2015 11:01 a.m. PST

Watching British TV lately, I have heard several presenters use the word "whilst". I have been to Britain many times and I have never heard this word used in general conversation. I suspect that the presenters were being pretentious, am I correct to think that ?

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2015 11:28 a.m. PST

Can't say. It may be that or it may be a catchword that was used and caught on in the industry.

We've had the same thing with the word "gravitas" among others – not common usage words but picked up during political campaigns and used by spokespersons and new presenters / talking heads, with its use spreading faster than a well scratched bit of poison ivy rash.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2015 11:29 a.m. PST

I use it in conversation relatively often.

And moi, pretentious? I think not.

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2015 11:31 a.m. PST

And I remember that in the TV show, Big Bang Theory, Sheldon Cooper suggests the word 'amongst' is archaic & seldom used. Another word in common usage with me.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian24 Nov 2015 12:14 p.m. PST

Next, they'll be going after 'whereupon'…

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2015 1:26 p.m. PST

Everything is being replaced by 'whatever'.

jdpintex24 Nov 2015 1:33 p.m. PST

Expats at work use it a lot. They also use the word 'revert' instead of response or reply

Sergeant Paper24 Nov 2015 5:55 p.m. PST

I use it more writing than speaking, but I use it.

macconermaoile25 Nov 2015 2:11 a.m. PST

" the word "gravitas" among others not common usage words but picked up during political campaigns and used by spokespersons "
On my own island, the terms "copper fasten" and "ring fence" are over used by spokespersons and politicians.

Henry Martini31 Dec 2015 6:53 a.m. PST

'Revert' is a verb, whilst response and reply (in the context of jdpintex's sentence) are nouns.

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