"Outwith"

#1
Why do I only hear this horrible word from members of the Intelligence Corps? Is it because a former D INT used it in almost every bloody sentence, or is sounding like a pretentious idiot now a Corps requirement?

:O)
 

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LE
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#7
Although I found it to be a west coast thing and even wierder when their attached Romanian Engineers started writing method statements in jockanese using such phrases!
 
#10
If they have ever had a Scot as D INT this could well have started a tradition ?

Particularly my experience is that Aberdonians will never use "outside our responsibility" but always "outwith"

..though I would never completely rule out the possibilities of jargonisation or pretention!
 
#11
Apropo that fine word outwith, it was being bandied about way back in the early 70s by such fine lexicographers as the late Sammy Hart and Brigadier Rory Walker, and I was able to insert the term in many of my virgin reports in the Corps.
 

ugly

LE
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#14
I have found that in organisations where the sweaties cant band together they tend to use English terms rather than PW ones even if there are a few of them about. Its more a case of their environment accepting the usage!
 
#19
The other day I asked one of my blokes to give me a brief on the current situation in his part of the organisation; he used "...amelioration..." and "...deferral mode...".

Needs a slap, I think.
 

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