> > i asked native english speaker, > > apparently, taking awhile is always 'sarcastic', and never short. > > Not according to dictionaries. I've never thought "awhile" as > a sarcastic usage.
Well I've never seen awhile written without a space so you can take this with a pinch of salt but I've heard "I'm gonna be a while so I'll have to give it a miss" and I've never heard it rather than something like "I won't be long" even if in reality that always means they will be ages ;-). -- _______________________________________________________________________ 'Write programs that do one thing and do it well. Write programs to work together. Write programs to handle text streams, because that is a universal interface' (Doug McIlroy) _______________________________________________________________________