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I know most dictionaries give it as a conjunction, but I'd argue it's a preposition. Anyhow, it's an "old word" in the sense that it's been around since the mid 1300s, but it is by no means archaic. In fact, its use has actually increased over the last century. In the Time corpus, it has increased from less than one instance per million words in most of the first half of the 20th century to over 10x/mil since 2000.--Brett 18:19, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Yes, it's an old word, and a formal one, and this means two things: though it is not a high-use word (and therefore lower priority in that way), it is a difficult word to understand and definitely not simple English (and therefore higher priority in that way). I think I remember you having a different idea of what a conjunction or preposition is or can modify. Remember, this is not a place for original research (EWP), even if your arguments seem logical. Personally, however, I disagree with your arguments. I'm not convinced that prepositions can take adverbs as objects. --Cromwellt|talk|contribs 04:16, 29 June 2007 (UTC)