I see the word “whilst” used with some frequency on these boards, but rarely (never, actually) do I hear it IRL. I also read quite a bit and can say that the word isn’t much in favor in popular fiction. I understand it’s mostly British, so I’ve checked the posters info and found that they’re usually right coast or flyover US.
Is this word in common usage, or is it’s use an affectation peculiar to the SDMB? Is it an anglophile conspiracy, designed to rip the guts out of our uniquely American way of speaking?
Are Canadians (shudder) behind it?
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