> > i asked native english speaker,
> > apparently, taking awhile is always 'sarcastic', and never short.  
> Not according to dictionaries[1][2][4]. 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)

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