On Mon, Feb 18, 2013 at 20:53, Alexander Hall wrote:
> On 02/18/13 19:48, Nick Holland wrote:

>> "a while"/"awhile" means a short time? wow.  I've always used it as
>> meaning "a long time".  'course, I usually say it with a sarcastic tone,
>> so maybe it's the sarcasm that gets the point across.

> Not that I'm a native English speaker, but I've never ever interpreted
> "a while" as a _short_ time specifically, but mostly as a fair but
> reasonable amount of time relative to the context.

A while is only short if it's a little while. The default is a big
while. :)

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