Has anyone seen the word 'revert' used in this context?
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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:13:08 PM
I have been seeing 'revert' used instead of 'reply' quite a lot recently. A couple of examples, from 2 different people:

"Please do not hesitate to revert back accordingly"

"I will revert as soon as possible"

The first time I saw it was from a girl who works for an international freight forwarder, and one of her colleagues uses it too so I thought it might be a phrase used in the shipping industry. But today I got an email from a guy in my IT department and he used the second example I gave.

Are these people grammatically challenged, or is this acceptable usage that I was not aware of?

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:15:42 PM
maybe its an auto correct thing??



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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:18:06 PM
In my world, revert would mean you took some action to return the item to a previous state, as opposed to return, to give back. So if you were handing them a dirty dish, it would be nice of them to revert it back to its formerly clean state before returning it.

But then again, I have started a list of words that are annoying me lately. Like "vetting", "socializing", "deep dive", and a few other overused corporate irritations.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:21:34 PM
I have some colleagues in India who use the word revert in that context.


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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:23:12 PM

is this acceptable usage that I was not aware of?


No, it is not.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:27:48 PM
I've never heard it used that way. I don't believe it is grammatically correct.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:53:31 PM
Okay, I just did a Google search and it appears that it is common usage in India and South Asia.

I still think it's wrong.

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Posted: 12/3/2012 10:59:40 PM
Weird. I would have been totally confused. I have work contacts all over the US and I've never seen such a thing.




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Posted: 12/3/2012 11:28:54 PM
Our business associates on India use that phrasing. And after awhile some of the IT people pick it up too.



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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:04:42 AM
I see you're Australian ... you're at the source!

I'm working with a mixed team of English / NZ / Australians and all the contracts and logistics guys use it that way too.

Very confusing the first few time I saw it in print.

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Posted: 12/5/2012 3:56:47 AM

I see you're Australian ... you're at the source!


No, no! Don't blame me LOL! I think it's ridiculous!

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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:40:00 AM
I'm in SE Asia and I see it quite a lot.

Don't like it though


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Posted: 12/5/2012 5:46:51 AM
I've never seen or heard that and it would sound very weird if I did!



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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:15:01 AM
When I worked in the legal profession 20 odd years ago, we would often end a letter with "We will revert to you in due course" meaning we were obtaining some information/details and would get back to the other party when we had assessed the situation. It seems perfectly normal to me and I would still use it in an official letter today. I'd probably say it in an official conversation too!
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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:26:50 AM
I hear IT people use that term "revert" so I think it is business related jargon. It's also used in legal language. A goggle search reveals that it is also a term used in shipping.

It's not to be used in place of reply.


re·vert (r-vûrt)
intr.v. re·vert·ed, re·vert·ing, re·verts
1. To return to a former condition, practice, subject, or belief.
2. Law To return to the former owner or to the former owner's heirs. Used of money or property.
3. Genetics To undergo reversion.


revert
vb [rɪˈvɜːt] (intr; foll by to)
1. to go back to a former practice, condition, belief, etc. she reverted to her old wicked ways
2. to take up again or come back to a former topic
3. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Biology) Biology (of individuals, organs, etc.) to return to a more primitive, earlier, or simpler condition or type
4. (Law) Property law (of an estate or interest in land) to return to its former owner or his heirs when a grant, esp a grant for the lifetime of the grantee, comes to an end
revert to type to resume characteristics that were thought to have disappeared
n [ˈriːˌvɜːt]
(Christianity / Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who, having been converted, has returned to his former beliefs or Church
[from Latin revertere to return, from re- + vertere to turn]

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Posted: 12/5/2012 10:31:52 AM
Revert and Reply don't even have the same meaning !

I've never heard of using revert in the way the op said.
Revert means to go back to a previous version/shape/form etc.

" I will revert as soon as possible"?

So are they going back to blonde after they have dyed their hair black then?
Or maybe they are reverting back to an alien having visited earth for a few months


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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:23:28 AM
You are right, revert and reply are not the same thing. Revert in the context I use (and possibly that which the OP mentions) means we will get back to this discussion at some point.

As MerryMom937 says one of the definitions is

2. to take up again or come back to a former topic


Whether or not the contexts in which the OP's examples were used are correct is debatable but it is certainly an acceptable term in English usage.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:44:51 AM
I've never heard it used in that context.


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Posted: 12/6/2012 11:51:15 AM
I see that quite a bit in my work. Many of my colleagues are from India, so maybe that's why.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 6:51:57 PM
I have mostly seen this with outsourced employees in India.
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Posted: 12/6/2012 7:39:18 PM
I've only ever seen it from people in India. Though my favorite India-ism is "Do the needful."
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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:16:46 PM
I'm at work and I just received an email where the guy said "I will raise this with Brian tomorrow and get his direction and revert." Aaaaragh!! It was in relation to imported stock so again, shipping. So I think this is accurate:


I hear IT people use that term "revert" so I think it is business related jargon. It's also used in legal language. A goggle search reveals that it is also a term used in shipping.

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Posted: 12/6/2012 8:20:57 PM

I hear IT people use that term "revert" so I think it is business related jargon.


IT person here and I've never heard anyone use the term "revert".



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Posted: 12/6/2012 10:35:34 PM
I've never seen it used that way.

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Posted: 12/7/2012 3:10:44 AM
A few have mentioned that it's common in India. I would imagine that's because English language taught there is old fashioned and 'proper' i.e. "The Queen's English" rather than the more modern English taught today. The lawyer who taught me to use revert was very old fashioned but all of us in that profession used it.
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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:04:59 AM
I'm sure that's incorrect.
It's should say reply.


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Posted: 12/7/2012 9:06:19 AM
"- verb (used without object)
1.
to return to a former habit, practice, belief, condition, etc.: They reverted to the ways of their forefathers.
2.
Law. to go back to or return to the former owner or to his or her heirs.
3.
Biol. to return to an earlier or primitive type.
4.
to go back in thought or discussion: He constantly reverted to his childhood."


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Posted: 8/23/2013 3:16:13 AM
I got this one: We shall revert in due course.
i've no clue on this. any help?

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Posted: 8/23/2013 3:50:52 AM
This is a bit of an odd old thread to dig up for your first post but hello anyway





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Posted: 8/23/2013 5:29:12 AM
I've seen it used in that context, I think it's ridiculous, particularly with the addition of "back". Revert and back, in essence, mean the same thing, so it's like they're saying "I'll get back back to you!".

Grrr - hate jargon!

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