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    What's this in aid of?

    "What's this in aid of?"
    This seems to be a British expression.
    Is the American equivalent:
    "What's the use of this?"
    Thank you.

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    Re: What's this in aid of?

    Quote Originally Posted by Itasan
    "What's this in aid of?"
    This seems to be a British expression.
    Is the American equivalent:
    "What's the use of this?"
    Thank you.
    Sometimes. It often means 'what the heck is happening?'. Example: you have just walked into a pub and a big fight is just finishing, and you say to the barman 'What was all that in aid of?'

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    Re: What's this in aid of?

    in aid of can mean to help/assist/support.

    example uses:
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1340060,0002.htm
    Bill Gates in aid of Indian techies

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1575722.stm
    Art sold in aid of museum

    http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache...ient=firefox-a
    The artist Laura Lian has kindly donated a sculpture to be auctioned in aid of the British Red Cross.

    The question could be asking what something is helping?
    "What is this?"
    "It's a charity auction."
    "What's it in aid of?"

    It makes sense but it sounds unusual to me. We would usually just say "What's the auction for?", "What's it for?", or just "What charity?"

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    Re: What's this in aid of?

    Thank you very much, evrybody.

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