I originally put in the ridiculous list of quotations to show that quotations don't necessarily add to the quality of an entry. These actually serve to show that the usage of the term has changed very little since Chaucer's time, which is interesting, but they (intentionally) do it badly. The quotations are overly long, not particularly helpful in divining the meaning, and probably too numerous. The definitions could probably be improved as well. They're (intentionally) very minimal.
At this point, I'm not sure how many of the quotations to take out entirely or replace with better ones, or how to trim the remaining ones down. It doesn't seem right to clear them out entirely, but really, they're not doing a lot of good either. -dmh 19:41, 17 Dec 2004 (UTC)
not really a, but rather b.
theres an entire use of "rather" missing here. a meaning not like the two meanings allready given, but rather closer to "more like" or something like that, which seems rather missing in this article lygophile 13:07, 30 May 2007 (UTC)
"For sense 1 (preferably), would is nearly always contracted to 'd (see examples given above)."
rather strong statement. would expect "would is frequently contracted." i, for one, do not "nearly always" employ contractions. aside from that...is the sentence even needed in this entry? --126.96.36.199 04:11, 18 January 2009 (UTC)
- The usage note in question has since been deleted entirely, without any explanation (see http://en.wiktionary.org/w/index.php?title=rather&oldid=8040719). I suspect that it was deleted because, as I was once told (and was hoping to confirm by coming here), the expression "I'd rather" is actually a contraction of the fixed expression "I had rather", not of "I would rather", making the statement about contracting "would" irrelevant and misleading. Can anybody confirm? If so, it would surely be appropriate to have a usage note explaining this fixed expression. 188.8.131.52 19:08, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Old British interjection
There's an old British interjection that I don't think our entry covers adequately, something like: "Would you like a slice of cake?" "Rather!" It's the sort of slang that a schoolboy might have said in the early to mid-20th century, and I think it might be stressed on the second syllable. Equinox ◑ 23:36, 13 May 2015 (UTC)
- Very much a P. G. Wodehouse-era word - see this ngram. I've added it as an interjection with a couple of examples. Keith the Koala (talk) 13:07, 15 August 2015 (UTC)
Is this true? Is it ungrammatical to say, for example: When my time comes, I will rather die than abjure? There are a lot of attestions to be found for "I will rather...". Kolmiel (talk) 21:21, 1 November 2015 (UTC)