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Postby sardith » Sun May 01, 2011 12:17 am

Ok, I'll admit I was caught up in the William and Kate nuptials last week, but while most of my friends were keeping score on all the fashions, I was loving this one word that kept popping up during the ceremony: betwixt

I understand it is used in the U.S. as well, but they use it so grandly in the U.K.

Is it completely interchangeable with between?

Really doesn't matter. I think I shall try to bring it back into prominence, though I think that Californians might be too independent to budge! :wink:

Oh well,
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Postby bnjtokyo » Mon May 02, 2011 6:16 am

The British dictionaries label it "archaic." It is defined as meaning "between" and appears to be frozen in place in the idiom "betwixt and between."

I agree that it is a nice word. Maybe, just betwixt you and me, we can use it more often.
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Postby sardith » Mon May 02, 2011 12:41 pm

It's a deal, bnjtokyo!

But, just betwixt you and me, how're you doing over there betwixt all of the aftershocks and Techtonic plate settling?

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Postby Slava » Thu May 05, 2011 8:23 pm

Aye, this word is almost exclusively met in the phrase betwixt and between. Though, as sardith uses it, it works.

I can see other such ways to use it in a modern sense, but not as a universal replacement for between. I just can't see saying something like, "My house is on the left, betwixt Oak and Maxwell."
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Postby sardith » Thu May 05, 2011 11:02 pm

It just sounds so wonderful tripping off the British tongue, though. 8)

I guess I'll just wait for the next Royal wedding! :wink:

Sardith :D

p.s. The one saying I think would be improved:
'caught betwixt a rock and a hard place'
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Re: betwixt

Postby Stargzer » Thu May 26, 2011 12:55 am

sardith wrote: ...
p.s. The one saying I think would be improved:
'caught betwixt a rock and a hard place'


During their war many years ago, one local Baltimore DJ said that Iran was a country caught between Iraq and a hard place ...
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