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“Thank you for reverting to us”

I replied to a letter from a solicitor and in return got a letter beginning “Thank you for reverting to us so promptly”. I have never seen “revert” used in this way. Is it a legal usage (in any sense)?

  • January 1, 2015
  • Posted by Percy
  • Filed in Usage

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I'd certainly never heard this before. Oxford Concise has nothing in the sense of reply, but funnily enough Oxford Advanced Learner's does - calling it Indian English and rather formal, giving the examples:

"Exellent openings—kindly revert with your updated CV."
"We request you to kindly revert back if you have any further requirements."

There's a bit about in this book, published in Singapore - "English as it is Broken 2' , where it calls it 'local usage'-

Not everyone in India likes this use, though -

Warsaw Will January 2, 2015, 10:26am

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It certainly does seem rather stilted, and the addition of "back" makes it even worse.

Hairy Scot January 2, 2015, 10:39am

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I see it a lot here in the civil service in Bermuda - I think it started with ex-Regiment officers who ended up in the civil service and it spread and infected the the entire senior level of the service.

Calabash February 20, 2015, 8:10am

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