RE: In love with a word

Subject: RE: In love with a word
From: Chris Gooch <chris -dot- gooch -at- lightworkdesign -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 10:34:35 -0000

Ian Saunders wrote:

"Whilst" doesn't raise an eyebrow in England - even amongst (!) the most
brow-beaten. People say it and write it without any motive to "dress-up"
their communication.

True. I'd be prepared to concede that it may well be
that "whilst" is used in an (needless) attempt to be
correct by people (myself included) who up until now
hadn't bothered to read the 4 pages or so that Fowler
devotes to the subject (without saying that either is
wrong or right, except in AmerE).

To further confuse matters, here in Sheffield "while"
is used to mean "until" in the local dialect, as in
"I'll be at work nine while five"...

Christopher Gooch, Technical Author
LightWork Design, Sheffield, UK.

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