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Tom44
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« on: August 25, 2017, 10:10:38 AM »

I question the commonality of verger.  According to Merriam-Webster, this word falls into the under 20% usage rate.  Also listed as primarily British, which may be the root of my problem.  So how about it, anyone from "Across the pond" want to weigh in on this word?
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2017, 11:03:49 AM »

Well-known to older UK audiences, perhaps, through two very popular BBC sitcoms: 'Dad's Army' and 'The Vicar of Dibley', both of which had a verger as part of the cast.
In the latter series, which was about a 'lady vicar', the verger was also a lady.

I also remember, from my youth, a rather crude 'rugby song' which began with the line
'Ring the bell, verger, ring, ring,ring.....'

I won't quote any more. This is a family website!

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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2017, 11:32:03 AM »

Known to this Aussie from my youth, and I'm not a fan of "Dad's Army" and seen only some of the "Vicar of Dibley". I did get verger, and didn't think it odd that it was common.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 01:31:19 AM »

I knew the word as someone having something to do with a church, but I doubt I've ever heard it used.
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 09:14:47 AM »

I'm not Church of England and so have rarely used the word myself, but nevertheless it's one I've known all my life from reading and so I would have been very taken aback had it been rare. But that doesn't carry much weight because I'm British.
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 02:48:13 PM »

Known to this Aussie too. Probably from tv, novels etc.
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2017, 01:54:54 AM »

I know verger from growing up in the Protestant Episcopal Church (part of the Anglican Communion), but I wouldn't consider it common. The percentage of Americans who are Episcopalian is not large. I have say, though, that I do not know whether other church denominations also use the term. I suspect not.
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2017, 02:27:49 AM »

I wasn't surprised to find it considered common.

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