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so -does anyone really use the word 'besides'

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gabbymum Tue 25-Sep-12 18:45:41

was watching Corrie and couldn't help noticing that lots of the characters kept using the word 'besides' - for eg 'I don't want you to do it Tina. Besides, it's not normal.'

My point is, does anyone in real life ever use the word 'besides' in normal conversation? It was bugging me because I don't think anyone actually says it. They would say 'Anyway, it's not normal' iyswim

Are TV scriptwriters getting it wrong or are there lots of people who use that word and I've never met them?

Mcnorton Tue 25-Sep-12 18:46:34

Umm, I use it. Now I'm wondering if I'm weird!

PandaNot Tue 25-Sep-12 18:47:09

I do. And I think lots of people I know do to, but I've never really thought about it.

puds11 Tue 25-Sep-12 18:47:48


BroomForMyChin Tue 25-Sep-12 18:48:30

Yes I use it and so do lots of people I know...

BillyBollyBandy Tue 25-Sep-12 18:49:43

I say "besides which" so "Mary is allergic to horses, and besides which, she can't ride anyway"

Does that make me odd?

kittyandthegoldenfontanelles Tue 25-Sep-12 18:52:46

I use it all the time. It's perfectly normal. Besides, besides, besides.

Squeegle Tue 25-Sep-12 18:53:44

Besides which I think I'm quite normal to use it

KurriKurri Tue 25-Sep-12 18:55:21

I do quite often. But I also say 'Heavens to Betsy' and 'tell that to the marines', so maybe I'm odd.

deleted203 Tue 25-Sep-12 19:00:00

I say, 'To be fair' in, I don't want you to do it Tina. To be fair, it's not normal. Is that normal?

RuleBritannia Tue 25-Sep-12 19:03:16

Mary's coming to the wedding besides John.

It sort of means 'in addition to' or 'apart from'.

fairyfriend Tue 25-Sep-12 19:04:01

Where are you from OP? Has it not occurred to you that it's a dialect thing?

BillyBollyBandy Tue 25-Sep-12 19:17:34

I like "heavens to Betsy"

I may start using that. A little more refined than "Oh Bollocks"

gabbymum Tue 25-Sep-12 19:23:20

fairy - you are right, it could be a dialect thing. I'm from the north west but then that is where Corrie is based.

soworn - to be fair does sound more normal to me

Maybe I just need to start incorporating the word besides into my vocabulary. Don't want to sound out of touch!!

MarysBeard Tue 25-Sep-12 19:24:21

Yes. In the same way as aforementioned in Corrie. I use "aforementioned" too, look smile

gabbymum Tue 25-Sep-12 19:26:22

I'm liking the word 'aforementioned' Mary. Will include that too.

whathasthecatdonenow Tue 25-Sep-12 19:28:40

We use it all the time up here in the North West. Besides which, I also like whilst, amongst and amok.

FionaOJ Tue 25-Sep-12 19:30:24

North west here too, I use it sometimes!

Tee2072 Tue 25-Sep-12 19:33:30

You mean, besides me?

Cannot believe no one else said that yet.

CaliforniaLeaving Tue 25-Sep-12 19:50:15

Yes I use it too, we are a North West family here grin

MarysBeard Tue 25-Sep-12 19:52:55

You can use it at the end of a sentence too. "And more, besides!"

phoenixrose314 Tue 25-Sep-12 19:55:24

Yep, I use it. Not a lot, but it's definitely in my vocabulary and I'm a Kentish lass ;)

aldiwhore Tue 25-Sep-12 19:58:00

I use it. I'm from SouthWest/NorthWest...

Bluestocking Tue 25-Sep-12 19:58:25

I use "besides". "Notwithstanding" is good too. Can't stand "whilst" though.

Inneedofbrandy Tue 25-Sep-12 20:00:18

I say "but that's beside the point" That is the only time I use it.

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