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|macconermaoile||24 Nov 2015 12:01 p.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 ||24 Nov 2015 12:28 p.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.
| ochoin ||24 Nov 2015 12:29 p.m. PST|
I use it in conversation relatively often.
And moi, pretentious? I think not.
| ochoin ||24 Nov 2015 12:31 p.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.
| Editor in Chief Bill ||24 Nov 2015 1:14 p.m. PST|
Next, they'll be going after 'whereupon'…
|skippy0001 ||24 Nov 2015 2:26 p.m. PST|
Everything is being replaced by 'whatever'.
|jdpintex||24 Nov 2015 2:33 p.m. PST|
Expats at work use it a lot. They also use the word 'revert' instead of response or reply
|Sergeant Paper||24 Nov 2015 6:55 p.m. PST|
I use it more writing than speaking, but I use it.
|macconermaoile||25 Nov 2015 3:11 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 Martini||31 Dec 2015 7:53 a.m. PST|
'Revert' is a verb, whilst response and reply (in the context of jdpintex's sentence) are nouns.